Bellingham teenager charged with ‘Vehicular Homicide’ in death of 2-year-old

Cali Alvarado, 16, has been charged with ‘Vehicular Homicide‘ in the Bellingham pedestrian accident death of Anna Brulotte, 2 reports The Seattle Times.

Anna was with her mother and her two siblings when she was struck by a car while crossing a street. One car had stopped to allow the family to cross but that car was rear-ended by Alvarado’s vehicle, pushing it forward into the crosswalk, killing Anna and injuring her mother.

The Whatcom County prosecutors have charged Alvarado under statute RCW 46.61.520 which provides a driver can be charged with “Vehicular Homicide” if a person dies as a result of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. To be found guilty, the prosecutors must prove that Alvarado was driving recklessly, driving under the influence or driving without regard for the safety of others. The report said that Alvarado was speeding and not paying attention at the time of the accident.

In 2009, there were 4,409 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents which accounts for approximately 12% of motor vehicle fatalities.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims of car and pedestrian accidents and their families. We also represent families in their wrongful death lawsuits. The state of Washington has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person killed by the illegal or wrongful act of another seek damages on behalf of their deceased loved one.

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