Troopers with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) say that a man who was assisting a woman on the side of Interstate 90 in Issaquah was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver Tuesday night.
According to KOMO News, 47-year-old Robert W. Thompson of Snoqualmie had pulled over on westbound I-90 just east of Issaquah to help a woman and her young daughter who were experiencing car trouble. After speaking to the woman to see what the problem was, he reportedly laid down on the ground and began working on her 1994 Toyota Camry.
Moments later, an unidentified 42-year-old man driving a Nissan sideswiped the woman’s Camry while Thompson was still underneath the vehicle. Troopers’ preliminary investigation found that the Nissan also ran over Thompson at the same time as it collided with the Camry.
The driver of the Nissan continued down I-90 before eventually losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a ditch. The driver was uninjured, and Troopers arrested him at the scene. He was taken to jail and is facing charges of DUI, vehicular assault, and vehicular manslaughter.
The woman inside the Camry and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue for treatment of their injuries. There was no information available regarding their condition or the extent of their injuries.
Liability in Car Crashes Involving DUI
When a person is injured in a collision with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one of the most important legal issues that needs to be sorted out is the police investigation into the collision. This process can be difficult for victims and their loved ones as it can take time for the police to get statements from witnesses and collect evidence.
Once the investigation is complete, the legal liability and responsibility will have been established. This makes it easier to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company, as it would be difficult for an insurance adjuster to deny liability if their insured has been arrested for causing the collision and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In cases where the injuries and other damages are significant, it may be beneficial to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney about the merits of the case and whether hiring an attorney would improve the chances of a successful outcome. Our attorneys will review your case absolutely free, and there is no obligation to hire us.