A recent Washington crash is still being investigated to determine exactly what took place. The driver responsible for the accident may be charged with vehicular homicide. Police say that the hit-and-run accident happened when a car crossed over the line into the other lane and collided with a van. Two people who had been riding in the van were treated for minor injuries.
The car that was responsible for the accident took off after hitting the van. A call for an ambulance was made a short time later from a residence about a mile from the scene of the crash. An ambulance arrived but unfortunately the injured man died on the way to the hospital. Officials believe that the man had been a passenger in the car involved in the hit-and-run collision.
Officials suspect that the driver of the car was speeding and that alcohol may have been involved. Although charges have not been made, officials said the driver may be facing vehicular homicide charges.
Vehicular homicide is a class A felony for causing death to another while operating a vehicle under the influence. Washington has toughened up the sentencing for such crimes and recently passed a bill that increases penalties for drunk drivers charged with vehicular homicide. The new sentencing is similar to that of first-degree manslaughter and will go from a minimum of about 20 months in prison to nearly five years.
A vehicular homicide conviction can result in loss of license, a criminal record, fines, and jail time. If you or someone you love faces these or similar charges, it's important that you speak with an experienced DUI attorney right away.
Source: The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, "Fatal hit-and-run crash in Ocean Shores," May 9, 2012