Seattle’s KOMO News reports that a 16-year-old Carli Alvarado was found guilty of Vehicular Homicide in the death of Anna Marie Brulotte and the injury of Anna Marie’s mother. The unidentified teen driver was distracted when she struck Anna Marie and her mother while they were crossing a Bellingham crosswalk along with two other siblings.
The pedestrian accident occurred in September 2010 on Cornwall near Assumption Catholic school. Brulotte rear-ended a car that had stopped to let the family cross the street. Brulotte was distracted driving according to the report when she hit the stopped car, pushing it into the crosswalk.
According to the report, Brulotte was directing a friend in searching for something in her backpack which was on the floor of the car when the accident occurred. Alvarado was driving on a restricted license which disallowed her driving a car with two friends in it. She was also exceeding the speed limit.
Vehicular Homicide, Washington State Code RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person is killed in a car accident and the driver with driving recklessly, driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others or driving under the influence of alcohol of drugs.
Washington state has a graduated driver’s license which imposes special rules for teenager drivers for the period after licensure. These include:
- For the first 6 months after receiving a driver’s license, the teen driver can not drive with passengers under the age of 20 unless they are members of the driver’s immediate family.
- For the following 6 months, the teen driver is not allowed to have more than 3 underage passengers in their vehicle.
- For the first 12 months, the teenage driver is not allowed to drive between 1am and 5pm unless driving with a licensed driver 25 years old or older.
- Teenager drivers are not allowed to use wireless devices including hands-free devices.
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 pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have died.It will be interesting to watch this case and see how lenient the judge will be based upon the defendant’s age. The sentencing range is from 3-9 months in jail.
Bellingham teenager charged with ‘Vehicular Homicide’ in death of 2-year-old