Stacey Lain Broyles, 47, and his dog were killed last night when they were hit by a vehicle that then left the accident scene.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office are asking anyone with information about a hit-and-run car accident in Index last night to call the Tip Line at 425-388-3845.
Broyles was walking his dog in the 50700 block of Index-Galena Road around 11:00pm when they were both hit. Broyles was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle but his injuries were so severe that he did not survive. His dog also died.
It is incomprehensible that a person would hit both a man and a dog and then not stay at the accident scene to render aid. Most likely the hit-and-driver has damages to his/her vehicle and someone will turn them in to the authorities.
Leaving the scene of a pedestrian accident is morally wrong and is also a crime in the state of Washington. The law requires a person to stay at the scene of the accident and provide aid to the victim. The driver will face felony charges when apprehended.
Hit and run accidents are in the news far too often. Whether the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or just made an impulse decision to leave the scene, this a trend that, as personal injury lawyers, we have seen rising since 2003.
What makes a person leave the scene of an accident? In many cases, the hit-and-run driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without a valid license or insurance and they know penalties may be severe. They might be an illegal alien who fears being deported or they might be a person who is fleeing the scene of a crime.
Often, however, the driver is apprehended or turns themselves in and they must face justice.
This 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 who have died.
Source: KOMO News Snohomish County man, dog killed by hit-and-run driver