Pedestrian Crash Leads to Vehicular Homicide Charge
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Spokane police have charged the driver of a car that recently slammed into three people in a north Spokane parking lot with vehicular homicide. The crash killed one person and sent two others to the hospital—one in critical condition.
The twenty-four-year-old driver was also charged with two counts of vehicular assault for injuries caused to the other victims. She was held on $50,000 bail after being arraigned the following day.
A new report indicates that the driver was drunk on the morning of October 8 when she sped through the parking lot of the Hillyard Safeway. Her vehicle jumped the curb next to the Subway restaurant there and struck three people, two of whom were described in the police report as homeless and are known in the area.
Witnesses have said the driver left the scene after the crash. When she was arrested, police reportedly found drug paraphernalia on her.
The driver reportedly has several previous offenses on her record. She was arrested twice this year, once for DUI and once for driving on a suspended license. She was also ticketed in 2013 and again in 2015 for speeding. It’s sad that all of those previous actions might have come together at the same time in this crash.
In Washington, vehicular homicide is an extremely serious charge. If convicted, a driver can face a sentence of up to life in prison. Vehicular assault charges can each bring up to ten years behind bars.
Spokane police may be cracking down on dangerous drivers. This case is the third time since July we know major charges have been used in these cases. In one case, a Spokane Valley man was charged after a DUI crash killed his two passengers. In the second, a man failed to stop for a traffic light while coming off I-90 and hit two cars before running over and killing a woman.
In another August incident, a woman was pinned by a car in the north Spokane Costco parking lot when she and her daughter were struck. She later died of her injuries. There haven’t been any reports of charges filed in that case.
Pedestrians are at more risk than they may realize: In 2015, eighty-six pedestrians were killed and nearly 300 were seriously injured by motor vehicles across the state.
When you or someone close to you has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, get in touch with the experienced attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates to help you understand what’s involved in pursuing a successful case against the driver who was responsible. We offer all clients a free consultation, so give us a call today at 1-800-404-9000 or contact us via the form below.