Soap Lake toddler killed in car accident; Spokane man arrested for DUI

A one-year-old toddler was killed and her father, Leon C. Schooler of Soap Lake, was seriously injured when the car they were riding in was involved in an accident involving a suspected drunken driver.

According to The Wenatchee World, the accident occurred on Highway 17 near Soap Lake. The toddler was in the back seat and her father was driving their 2001 Pontiac when they were involved in an accident with a pickup truck driven by Douglas McGowan, age 39, of Spokane. The little girl was killed at the scene and her father was airlifted to Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane for treatment of his injuries.

The Washington State Patrol believes that McGowan was driving under the influence at the time of the accident and they have booked him into Grant County Jail and may charge him with Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide.

Vehicular Assault can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a car accident and the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person was killed or dies within three years of their injuries and the driver was under the influence. In such cases, the injured parties and the family of the victim may also claim damages in civil court under wrongful death statutes.

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