Suspected drunken driver arrested after causing car accident that injured 8

Douglas Henderson, 26, of Issaquah was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after an Issaquah motor vehicle accident which sent seven passengers of a Chevy Uplander van to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue.

According to the Washington State Patrol in a media release, Henderson may have been under the influence of alcohol when he rear ended the Chevy van which was used as a Metro Rideshare. The motor vehicle accident occurred on east bound Interstate 90 in Issaquah just before 6am.

The report said that Henderson was speeding in his Ford pickup truck in the HOV lane when he hit the Chevy. The force of the impact caused the van to roll onto the passenger side. One passenger was ejected from the vehicle and it took Bellevue firefighters up to an hour to free the other passengers. Photos of the van made one wonder how anyone survived the accident as the van was severely damaged.

The condition of the injured is not known at this time.

Henderson most likely will be charged with Vehicular Assault in the accident. Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.522 VEHICULAR ASSAULT states that a driver may be charged with Vehicular Assault if someone was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.

In additional to criminal charges, the injured are also eligible to seek compensation for their damages under civil law. Damages includes loss of wages, medical costs and pain and suffering.

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 Issaquah motor vehicle accidents caused by drunken drivers and the family of those killed.

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