Oak Harbor resident arrested for vehicular homicide after fatal Highway 20 head-on collision

bellevue drunk driving car accident lawyerA teenage girl was killed, her twin sister was critically injured and their friend was also injured when a suspected driver crossed the centerline and struck the1993 Acura Vigor they were riding in near Anacortes on Thursday evening.

The head-on car accident occurred on State Highway 20 at the intersection of Miller and Gibralter roads according to the South Whidbey Record.

Ira Blackstock, 53, of Oak Harbor, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault as police believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

Police said the girl who was killed was 17-years-old and was from Oak Harbor. Her twin sister was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Another passenger in the vehicle, Alysha Picklery, 18, also of Oak Harbor was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes.

Drinking and driving are far too common contributing factors when it comes to fatal car accidents. In Washington state, around 700 people are killed every year in car accidents and in 50% of those accidents, alcohol was a factor. The Farber Law Group is disturbed by the number of drunken drivers in Washington state and provides some of the following facts about drunk driving in our state:

  • Although 0.08% BAC is the legal standard for drunk driving, a BAC of 0.05% increases a the risk of a car accident substantially.
  • Drivers involved in a fatal car accident were four times likely to have a previous DUI conviction on their records than drivers with a 0.00% blood alcohol limit.
  • It does not matter if a person drinks beer, wine or hard liquor, one is not more dangerous than the other. What does matter is the amount of alcohol a person consumes.
  • Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are involved with about a third of all fatal DUI accidents.
  • In 28% of fatal motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclists had a BAC of 0.08% or higher.

Vehicular Homicide in Washington State

Washington state vehicle code, RCW 46.61.520 — Vehicular Homicide — provides penalties for drivers who were involved in an accident where someone was killed. Vehicular homicide can be charged if the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.

This past year, the Washington state legislature strengthened veyhicular homicde laws providing a sentencing range of 78-102 months if a person was killed in a car accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Wrongful Death Claims

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 on behalf of their deceased loved one. With the help of The Farber Law Group, a Washington law firm experienced and knowledgeable in handling auto accident cases and wrongful death, you may be able to recover damages for wrongful death.

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See also Vehicular Assault

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