An unidentified 41-year-old Federal Way man was struck and killed Thursday night when a man running a red light struck him across from a Puyallup car dealership where the man worked.
The pedestrian accident occurred at North Meridian and River Road in Puyallup.
The driver, a 64-year-old Olympia man, may be charged with vehicular homicide in the accident as police believe he was under the influence or drugs and speeding at the time of the pedestrian accident.
Vehicular Homicide in Washington state is a very serious crime. RCW 46.61.520 Vehicular Homicide is the state vehicle law which provides penalties for killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs or driving with reckless disregard as to the safety of others.
Penalties for vehicular homicide can vary but a driver who is convicted of vehicular homicide with DUI faces a prison sentence of between six-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half years and will have a permanent felony record.
Bellevue vehicular homicide attorney represents victims’ families
Often when a person dies suddenly as a result of a pedestrian or car accident, the fault often lies with the a driver who was driving while intoxicated, driving recklessly or driving negligently. For the family of the victim, it is a very difficult time while the guilty part faces criminal charges as the family is dealing with grief and the financial hardship which can result from losing a family member who provides for a family.
The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has more than 30 years experiences representing families with their wrongful death cases involving vehicular homicide. Our Washington car accident attorney helps families fight for compensation for burial expenses, loss of future earnings, grief and loss of companionship.
Help the family of Washington vehicular homicide victims
While Washington state pursues criminal charges against a drunk driver, a vehicular homicide attorney may prove critical to a family’s ability to press forward a civil case to pursue monetary damages.
Common causes for vehicular homicide include drunk driving, reckless driving and distracted driving including texting while driving. Whether you lost your loved one in an accident involving a car, semi truck or whether your loved one was killed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, our car accident attorneys will help you achieve justice.
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