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One dead in Kirkland DUI collision

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One killed in Kirkland accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI

Date: July 24, 2011, 07/24/2011
Location: Kirkland, King County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

One person was killed in an accident near Kirkland on Sunday.

While driving home, 43-year-old Steve Lacey was struck by a vehicle that was careened off the Northeast 85th Street exit, and crossed the centerline before the colliding.

Lacey died at the scene. The other driver, 56-year-old Patrick Rexroat was taken to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, and they reported that his BAC level was four times over the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI and possible vehicular homicide.

The charges are currently pending and will be decided on soon, reported a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office.

RCW 46.61.520
Vehicular homicide — Penalty.
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, as defined by RCW 46.61.502; or

     (b) In a reckless manner; or

     (c) With disregard for the safety of others.

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.

A majority of fatalities occurred between July and September from 1997 to 2006 (30.7%). The single month with the highest number of fatalities was July with 10.9%, while the month with the lowest number of fatalities was February with 6.5%. From 1997 to 2006, 59% of fatal traffic collisions were single-vehicle involved. In addition, 44.7% of those single-vehicle collisions were impaired-driver-involved. Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Steve Lacey 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. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.

Category: Wrongful Death

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