Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited in Washington and across the country. Impaired driving has long been associated with collisions, which often result in serious injuries and fatalities. A driver accused of vehicular assault or homicide is subject to steep fines, harsh penalties and life-altering consequences. The case will be charged as a felony, which means that the person under suspicion will need a strong defense strategy in order to prove his or her innocence in court.
In Bellevue, Washington, one driver will most likely face a vehicular homicide charge following a fatal accident. State troopers believe that a 27-year-old Woodinville man was driving under the influence of methamphetamine before the collision occurred on Interstate 405. Based on the report, the Woodinville man was traveling with his wife at a rate of almost 100 mph when he collided with two other vehicles. One of these cars, which was driven by a 22-year-old man, caught on fire and struck yet another vehicle following the initial collision.
The 22-year-old driver died at the scene of the crash. Two others sustained injuries. The driver, who allegedly caused the mishap, was under the supervision of police at the hospital. The driver will be incarcerated at the King County Jail once released from the hospital and is likely to face vehicular homicide charges.
In this case, the driver is suspected of using meth before the crash. This allegation was based on the police's investigation following the crash. The police stated that the driver's erratic behavior is a clear sign of meth usage. However, a person's behavior may not necessarily be clear proof of impaired driving. Certain tests, such as blood tests, can prove if the driver was impaired.
A driver accused of vehicular homicide will need to establish a defense following an arrest. The defense may contest the damaging allegations of the police. A well-established criminal defense can reduce the charges or even result in getting the case dismissed.
Source: The Seattle Times, "Driver suspected of meth use in deadly high-speed crash on I-405," Jennifer Sullivan, Sept. 13, 2013