A woman, who was driving under the influence of under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges in the death of William A. Padilla,51 a tow truck driver from Burien. She will be sentenced on May 20 and she faces a prison sentence of between 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 years.
Shavelle M. Lewis was 20-years-old when she hit Padilla as he work preparing to tow a 2000 Chrysler Sebring on an entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 5. After hitting Padilla, Lewis fled the accident scene but was apprehended a short time later.
Even at her young age, Lewis had previous criminal history including prostitution.
Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident and the motorist was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without regard to the safety of others.
Every year, tow truck drivers and other first responders are seriously injured or killed when they are struck by other cars and trucks while they are on the job. This is a double tragedy as tow trucks workers help stranded motorists.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by drunken drivers and the family of those killed. We are uniquely qualified to assist those families who loved ones have died in on-the-job accidents.
Hit-and-run driver kills tow truck driver on Interstate 5 in Seattle
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