Shanna Huttenstine, 34, of Tacoma was killed in the early morning hours when the taxi she was riding in collided with a pickup truck that had crossed the centerline and struck the taxi. The taxi driver attempted to avoid the oncoming pickup truck so the main point of impact was behind the taxi driver where Huttenstine was sitting.
The taxi driver, Said Ali, 52, and passenger Jason Speers, 36, who was riding in the front passenger seat, were injured in the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck, Anderson Hamilton, 48, of Puyallup will be charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the accident as police believe he was under the influence of alcohol and or drugs at the time of the crash. A blood draw was taken at a local hospital.
Images of the taxi after the accident show that it with severe damage to the front and side and the vehicle totaled.
Vehicular homicide, RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person is a killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others. If convicted of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, Hamilton could face a sentencing range of 78-102 months.
The truth about drunk driving
- Driver's chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increases as the blood alcohol content increases. Drivers who have any amount of alcohol are seven times as likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who have ingested no amount of alcohol. Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or more are 13 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
- 112 million times a year, an alcohol-impaired driver gets behind the wheel putting themselves and every one on the road at risk.
- Approximately 31% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1 of 3 Americans are involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents in their lifetime.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Herbert G. Farber is a Washington personal injury attorney service car accident victims throughout the greater Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue metropolitan areas and throughout Washington.
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