Driver that caused fatal Lake City car accident had received plea bargain in previous fatal car accident

On Sunday afternoon, Laura Sheard, a graduate student at the University of Washington, and Kristopher Martin, a musician, were killed when a speeding SUV slammed into the back of their Hyundai as they waited at a light on Lake City Way in Seattle. The couple were both killed in the fiery collision.

This made for a very deadly Veteran’s Day weekend in Western Washing as a total of 8 people were killed in three separate accidents.

An eyewitness to the accident said that Daniel Ray Habeeb, 43, who was driving the SUV, had been traveling at speeds of “at least 70, 80 miles an hour” prior to running into the Hyundai with his SUV.

Habeeb was injured in the accident along with his two passengers, 10 and 11 year-old girls.

Now it has come to light that Habeeb had previously been charged with Vehicular Homicide in a 2009 accident that killed Susan Peek, 65. In that accident, he had been speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he hit Peek’s vehicle. He was offered a plea agreement by the prosecution in that case and he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520, of the motor vehicle code can be charged if a person dies as a result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving without regard for the safety of others.

Right now, a lot of people in Seattle are incensed that Habeeb, who spent no time in prison for Peek’s death, is responsible for killing two others and endangering the lives of two young girls.

At this point, Habeeb has not been charged with Sunday’s accident as the investigation of the accident is ongoing.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.

Source: The Seattle Times, SUV driver in Lake City fatal crash killed woman in 2009

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