Yesterday, the trial for an Everett man began in the Snohomish County Superior Court. The 35 year-old man stands trial on charges of vehicular homicide and fatality hit-and-run after the December 19th accident that took the life of a 26 year-old man. According to the WSP report, when the man was pulled over by a State Trooper, he exclaimed, “What the (expletive) did I hit?” He was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time, with a blood alcohol level of two and a half times the legal limit.
However, jurors will have to decide whether alcohol played a role in this accident. The defendant’s attorneys argue that the 26 year-old man was dressed in dark clothing and standing in the middle of the road on a dark, rainy night. They claim that the defendant would have struck him regardless of his blood alcohol level. They also hold firmly that their client had no idea they had struck a person in the road. An attorney with the Snohomish County Public Defender’s Association claims that the 26 year-old man had just stolen belongings from a house where he was staying, and that he too had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the pedestrian accident.
As a personal injury lawyer in Seattle, I know it’s very common for drunk drivers to be charged with vehicular homicide when their actions lead to the death of an innocent individual, but it’s too early to tell how this case will pan out.