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Man Who Lost Parents in Seattle DUI Crash Speaks Up Against Drunk Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 7, 2013

A man who lost his parents in a recent Seattle car accident, which also resulted in life-threatening injuries to his wife and newborn son, addressed the media for the first time since the tragedy. According to a King 5 news report, the fatal crash occurred in Seattle on March 25. Officials say the driver responsible for the fatal collision may have been under the influence when he struck the four pedestrians.

The man’s parents were killed in the crash. His wife is unable to speak and may never communicate normally again and his newborn son is recovering but may lose his vision. In his statement to the media, the man says that this accident was preventable and he pleaded for people to refrain from drinking and driving.

The 50-year-old driver who police say caused this tragic accident was arrested in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). He allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit. He was also driving without a valid license. He has since pleaded not guilty on five charges and is being held on a $2.5 million bail.

Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a number of changes as a result of this fatal crash. He has asked for mandatory ignition interlock devices for anyone convicted of a DUI and he is also seeking longer sentences for DUI convictions including a 10-year ban for third-time offenders. Lawmakers have since watered-down his suggestions. Under the new plan, there would be longer sentences for a DUI conviction, but only repeat offenders will need to get interlock devices installed.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal DUI crash, it is important that you contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. A successful claim can provide you with financial support when you need it the most. Knowledgeable Seattle car accident lawyers will fight for your rights every step of the way and ensure that your best interests are protected.

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