The Spokesman-Review reports that Eileen C. Jensen was not criminally negligent in the death of her daughter who was fatally injured in a Spokane car accident. Vehicular homicide charges were brought against Jensen because her baby’s car seat was improperly installed.
The car accident occurred on a Spokane street when Jensen rear-ended another vehicle. The airbags in Jensen’s Honda deployed and caused a brain injury to her daughter, Chloe Jensen, who died 11 months later.
Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was driving recklessly or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.
Witnesses described Jensen’s driving prior to the accident as “aggressive” and “reckless.”
Jensen’s public defender successfully argued that Jensen’s lapse was not criminally negligent.
Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen concurred and charges were dismissed.
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