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Meth Use Suspected in Fatal Bellevue Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 17, 2013

Seattle Wrongful DeathA 22-year-old man was killed in a Washington car crash involving a driver who may have been under the influence of methamphetamine. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal DUI crash occurred on Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Officials say the 27-year-old driver of an Audi RS4 was traveling at about 100 mph when he crashed into the victim’s BMW and a Honda Ridgeline. The BMW struck a 2000 Saturn and burst into flames, trapping the driver inside. The 22-year-old driver of the BMW was killed and two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. According to the report, the driver of the Audi will potentially face vehicular homicide charges.

It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Washington. When a drunk or impaired driver causes a fatal crash, he or she may face vehicular homicide charges. According to Washington Statute 46.61.520, “When the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle … while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.”

A conviction for vehicular homicide will not automatically result in financial compensation for the victim’s family. It is possible, however, for the family of someone killed by an impaired driver to receive financial compensation through civil litigation. A successful wrongful death claim can result in support for:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Lost future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Other related damages

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Washington crash, please do not hesitate to call the law offices of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We provide free consultations to anyone who has lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. We will help you get the support you need during this difficult time. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860.

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