Matthew N. Ellmers, 24 of Eugene, Oregon is being charged in a drunk driving accident that killed four people and seriously injured another on Friday night. Police who arrived at the accident scene are calling it the worst accident they have seen. According to The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Ellmers, who had a blood alcohol limit that was three times the legal limit — 0.21% — was traveling at a very high speed when he ran a red light and broadsided a Toyota Highlander with five people inside. The Toyota was knocked off the road and into a pole.
Killed in the accident were Heather Mulgrave, 36, who was driving the Toyota, and her passengers Connie Vermilyea, 34, Jaziah Vermilyea, 10, and Nima Gibba, 11. Jakoba Mulgrave, 10, is in serious condition at Dorenbecher Children’s Hospital with a brain injury, broken bones and internal injuries.
Ellmers suffered multiple injuries including broken bones. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. He will be moved to the Lane County jail as soon as he can be transported.
According to an article in The Register-Guard, five Eugene police are investigating the accident. The article said police were called after a disturbance at The Nile bar involving Ellmers. They were trying to track Ellmers down when the crash occurred.
The Register-Guard’s comment page is pretty heated. This senseless loss of loss of innocent people has the community very upset. One person who posted to the comment page, showed a screen shot of Ellmer’s MySpace page that read “If you don’t wreck you’re not going fast enough!!!!”
In Washington State, about 45% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Drunken drivers who have been involved in an accident where a victim died within three years of their injuries can be charged with Vehicular Homicide.
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 and the family of those killed by drunken drivers. In drunken driving cases, we investigate whether a bar or restaurant served an obviously intoxicated patron who later caused the accident. If this was the case, the restaurant or bar can be held liable as well.
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