Everett man killed on Highway 527

Story Highlights:
One dead in Bothell car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI
Blocked northbound lanes for hours
At-fault driver being investigated for vehicular homicide

Date: March 17, 2011, 03/17/2011
Location: Bothell, King and Snohomish Counties, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision, DUI collision
Outcome: One dead

Early on Thursday morning, an Everett man was killed in a collision on Highway 527 in Bothell.

While heading south on Highway 527 just north of Highway 524 in Bothell, a 63-year-old man was killed after a northbound car crossed the center line and struck him.

The other driver, a 31-year-old man from Bothell, was said to be driving erratically before crashing into the 63-year-old's 1991 Buick LeSabre. After striking one car, he sideswiped a 2007 Mazda driven by a 31-year-old woman. His 2000 Honda Accord then hit a sidewalk and rolled.

The 63-year-old man was killed instantly and the 31-year-old woman was not injured. The at-fault driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Washington State Patrol is still investigating the cause of the collision, and the at-fault driver was believed to be driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and faces charges for vehicular homicide.

Bothell Fatal Accident Statistics for 2008
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 1
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 1
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Drunk Driving Accident Information and Statistics
  • Approximately 10% of traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers.
  • The majority of states in the U.S. have an alcohol limit of 0.08%.
  • A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces (a standard shot) of 72- proof distilled spirits (vodka, etc.).
  • Every day, between 30 and 40 people in the United States die in car accidents due to drunk driving.
  • An average of one person dies from alcohol-related accident about every 40-45 minutes.
  • The cost of alcohol-related accidents accumulates to over $50 billion a year.
  •  Young drivers are at the highest risk for drunk driving accidents.
  • Alcohol-related deaths in 2008 are reported have served as around 35% of all traffic-related deaths in America.
  • Young men are reported to have a much higher rate of drunk driving than women.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502.

Washington State Vehicular Homicide Law
When the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle:
(a) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or
(b) In a reckless manner; or
(c) With disregard for the safety of others.

Seattle Wrongful Death Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the man that was lost in this tragic and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.
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