One person is dead and two others suffered injuries when a 24-year-old woman crashed her car into a group of homeless people in Spokane on Sunday morning, according to The Spokesman. The driver of a silver sedan – identified as Brittney Moen – was apparently speeding when she jumped the curb and slammed into the wall of a Subway restaurant.
Spokane police said Moen was traveling fast enough that her car hit the building multiple times before stopping. She was arrested and is facing two charges of vehicular assault and one charge of vehicular homicide.
Moen has a history of driving infractions. The Spokesman reported that she received a speeding ticket in 2013, a ticket in 2015 for speeding and driving without insurance, and was arrested in January of this year for DUI and driving without insurance.
KHQ News reported the findings of complaint documents Monday. Those documents show that Moen was impaired at the time of the collision. While police officers did not find any immediate signs of impairment at the scene, after Moen was arrested, a drug recognition expert found drug paraphernalia on her person.
What To Know About Drugged Driving Accidents
While both local and federal organizations have made it a high priority to get both drunk and drugged drivers off roadways, accidents such as the one above continue to occur. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, drugs (all types: illegal and prescription) were present in 43 percent of fatal crashes in 2015.
Drugs of all types have an impact on a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. Effects include lane weaving, poor reaction time, and altered attention on the road. No two people will react to a substance the same way, but we do know that even small amounts of a drug impact how someone handles a vehicle. Any type of impairment can lead to a crash, and usually these are serious or deadly.
What To Do After A Crash In Spokane
After a serious accident such as the one above, it can be difficult and stressful for a victim to navigate the insurance claims process. When a car crashes into a pedestrian, the injuries are oftentimes serious and life-altering, and figuring out your next step is crucial.
Even though victims injured in a pedestrian accident may be able to recover money to help pay for their medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages, many accept the first settlement offer from insurance companies or don’t even realize they’re allowed to make a claim.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in Spokane, Davis Law Group P.S.’s award-winning car accident lawyers can help you understand your rights as a victim. You can speak with our legal team at any time by using the chat feature below, filling out contact form on this page, or calling (206) 539-0969.