A sign on the side of the roadway is reminding drivers of a tragedy to urge them to not drink and drive, according to news reports.
The sign in Federal Way states, “Please don’t drink and drive – In memory of Nicholos Hodgens and Derek King.
The boys died in a car accident when a drunken driver crashed into their stalled car on the shoulder of Interstate 5. The accident occurred three days before the teenagers graduated high school.
Police said they found a half-empty bottle of vodka in the car of the convicted driver, whose blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.
The South Sound and King County Victim’s Panels waited until the driver was sentenced and the anniversary of the teen’s deaths had passed before holding a small ceremony, revealing a sign they hope serves as a reminder for drivers as the holiday weekend nears.
But the driver in this case will not spend his life behind bars. After pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide, HE was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
His victims’ families are fighting for tougher state DUI laws that wouldn’t allow a man like this suspect, who had two prior DUI convictions, back on the road.
As a Tacoma car accident attorney, I hope this tragedy will always remind drivers to never drink and drive.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Tacoma.