Patrick Rexroat,57, of Snohomish, was sentenced to four years in prison for the Kirkland drunken driving accident that killed Steve Lacey last summer.
Rexroat was driving under the influence of alcohol and claimed he was following a car that had cut him off. He pulled off of Interstate 405 at NE 85th street at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into the BMW driven by Lacey. Lacey died instantly in the accident.
Rexroat’s behavior after the accident was especially abominable. He walked around the accident scene picking up pieces of his vehicle and then pounded his chest like a gorilla.
Convicted of Vehicular Homicide and DUI, the judge sentenced Rexroat to the high end of the sentencing range. Rexroat’s blood alcohol content was 0.29 percent at the time of the accident and the alcohol appeared to fuel road rage.
The Washington state legislature just passed HB 2216 which increased the penalty for vehicular homicide from 31-24 months to 78-102 months. Rexroat’s sentencing, however, went into effect under the old guidelines so he’ll only spend four years in jail.
Every year, nearly 700 people are killed in Washington drunk driving accidents and many more injured. In accidents such as this one, drivers who are intoxicated kill the innocent. The victims who survive often have serious injuries including multiple fractures, internal injuries and traumatic brain injury.
How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, a personal injury attorney will work to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled. In cases where a loved one has been killed, Washington state allows family members to file suit under Washington’s wrongful death statute.
This information is provided by The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunken drivers. With more than 30 years experience, we pride ourselves in our integrity and honesty and we will work hard for you.
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