East Wenatchee car accident kills passenger, driver arrested

Seattle’s KOMO news reports that Joseph A. De Grasse, 29, has been arrested for investigation of DUI and Vehicular Homicide in the East Wenatchee car accident that killed his passenger, Jacob D. De Los Reyes, 28.

According to the report, the car accident occurred around 6PM on Highway 28 just east of East Wenatchee.

De Grasse was allegedly driving drunk when he hit a bus parked at the side of the road.

De Grasse was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment of a head injury and then booked into the Chelan County jail.

We see this kind of motor vehicle accident far too often. When people drive drunk, they often mistake a vehicle parked on the side of the road as moving and slam into it. These are some of the worst accidents because striking an object that is not moving when a car is traveling at speeds higher than 25 miles per hour are often fatal.

Washington Vehicle code RCW 46.61.520, Vehicular Homicide, can be charged if a person is killed in a car accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a driver is charged with Vehicular Homicide, he or she is tried by the State of Washington. In addition, the family of a person killed as a result of Vehicular Homicide can bring a suit for wrongful death.

The information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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