A 31-year-old woman faces charges of vehicular assault after she drove her car up onto a sidewalk and hit an Everett man, his 16-year-old son, 8-year-old-niece and 2-year-old nephew in the 2600 block of Broadway on Tuesday afternoon.
The driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol when the Everett pedestrian accident occurred.
The man, Chauncey Filbert, 40, was walking on Broadway with his son, niece and a nephew in a baby stroller when they were hit.
Filbert suffered serious leg injuries requiring skin and muscle grafts.
Filbert’s son, Ben Elliott, 16, suffered a broken leg and required surgery to repair the damage with pins.
Filbert likely saved the life of his niece whom he pushed into the bushes. She suffered a broken foot and required stitches to her head. Her brother required stitches on his head.
Motor vehicle accidents that involve drunk drivers often result in deaths. The family in this incident is so grateful to have survived, albeit with serious injuries. Pedestrians have absolutely no protection when hit by a car.
The driver in this case did one of the most dangerous things a person can do which is driver while intoxicated. When a driver does this, they put so many other people at risk.
A person can be charged with vehicular assault under Washington statute RCW 46.61.522 if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In 2012, the Washington State legislature stiffened the penalties for vehicular assault. The driver in this case now faces a sentencing range of 6-12 months in jail.
In addition to criminal charges, victims can seek compensation for their damages including medical costs and punitive damages by filing a claim in civil court. A skilled personal injury attorney with experience representing car accident victims should be consulted as soon as possible so that the victims’ rights are preserved.
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