Child Killed in Washington State DUI Crash
A 9-year-old was killed in a Washington car accident, which authorities say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal accident occurred on Highway 16 in Gig Harbor. Officials say the 26-year-old driver may have been drinking and smoking marijuana when he lost control and rolled his car. The driver and the 9-year-old boy were ejected during the crash. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital and the driver may face homicide charges. An 8-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured.
The number of impaired driver accidents in Washington has decreased in recent years, but drunk driving continues to be a serious problem. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation:
- 230 people were killed in Washington State DUI crashes in the year 2010;
- between the years 2006 and 2010, the fatally injured victim was a passenger 19.7 percent of the time, a pedestrian 2.7 percent of the time and a bicyclist .2 percent of the time;
- 43.5 percent of all impaired driving deaths occurred on state roads, 35.6 percent happened on county roads and 18.8 percent occurred on city streets; and
- 468 people were seriously injured in Washington DUI-related crashes in the year 2010.
The family of someone killed in a DUI collision can seek compensation for their tragic losses by filing a claim against the at-fault motorist. A successful wrongful death claim can result in support for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages.
The Washington drunk driving accident law team at Hardwick and Pendergast, P.S. have a proven track record of helping families get fair compensation following a tragic car accident. We offer free consultations at (888) 228-3860 to anyone who has been injured by a DUI driver.