Orlando Abarca Rivera, 35, of Kennewick, was killed in a Pasco car accident around 5:30am on Friday morning. The driver that hit him was driving the wrong way and was suspected of driving under the influence.
According to The Seattle Times, Rivera’s car was hit by a Ford Taurus driven by Lori Christensen, 47, of Kennewick.
The report said that Christensen was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 397, also known as Oregon Avenue, when she hit Rivera’s Suzuki head-on. Rivera was killed at the scene.
Christensen was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.
If it is determined that Christen was driving under the influence, she may be charged with Vehicular Homicide Washington State Vehicle Code, RCW 46.61.520 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE states that a person can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person is killed in a car accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
This car accident happened just a day after a van carrying seven people was rear-ended on Interstate 90 in Issaquah. In that case, the driver was also suspected of DUI. The similarities between the two accidents is that both drivers appeared to be impaired and it was 5:30am. Most DUIs occur between 11pm and 3am and that is the time most people think that is the most dangerous time because it’s the time people leave bars and parties. However, the Washington State patrol reports that they arrest drunken drivers at all times of the day and night.
One study also shows that the rise of DUIs among women increased 30% between 1998 and 2008 while drunk driving among men has decreased over the past 10 years. One chilling fact about women who drink and drive is that they often have their children in the car.
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