Updated on: 1/14/2020
A suspected drunk driver is in jail for investigation of vehicular homicide after causing a deadly car accident Monday night near Sedro-Woolley, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The incident occurred in the 25700 block of Minkler Road around 7:40 p.m. Two wrecked vehicles — a blue BMW sedan and a gray GMC Sierra pickup truck — were found at the scene. A passenger in the BMW, a 45-year-old Camano Island man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and a second passenger in the BMW were also injured, as was the driver of the pickup.
A WSP preliminary investigation found that the driver of the BMW, 20-year-old Kevin Solorzano Hill of Arlington, was speeding along Minkler Road when he collided with the pickup as it was turning onto Peavey Road.
The pickup rolled over and the BMW burst into flames.
Hill was arrested and placed in Skagit County Jail after receiving treatment for his injuries.
The pickup truck driver, a 73-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, and the surviving passenger in the BMW, a 26-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, were treated for their injuries at a local hospital.
Passengers in a Drunk Driving Crash
Drunk drivers face harsh penalties in every state, and motorists may face a variety of consequences — jail time, fines, and license suspension. In the incident above, vehicular homicide is a class A felony in Washington state and carries significant time behind bars.
But no amount of punitive damages will help the people affected by the crash, including the deceased passenger, the other injured driver and the injured passengers. Recovering money through the civil justice system is the only way to make up for the damage caused.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are based on negligence. In order to win a negligence case, the deceased’s family or injured passenger must prove four elements:
- that the drunk driver owed a “duty of care” to the passenger
- that the driver breached the duty
- that the passenger was injured or harmed in some way, and
- that the drunk driver’s breach was a cause of the injury or harm
“Duty of care” refers to the legal responsibility a person has to not cause harm to others. In most cases, drunk driving equates to a breach of duty of care.
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