Three Killed in Car Accident Caused By Driver Taking Off Sweater

A tragic story of a fatal car accident on Friday evening has impacted the entire community of Whidbey Island.  According to this article, three people were killed as the result of a negligent, and possibly impaired, driver.  As a 33 year-old man drove his pregnant wife home to a family home Whidbey Island, their trip was cut short.  His wife made a statement that the first thing she would want her new born baby to know is that in her husband’s final moments, he did the only thing he could do to save their lives.

As they watched a Chevy Blazer head in the direction of their Subaru, clearly out of control, the Subaru driver slammed on the brakes and turned hard to the right.  This caused the Chevy to impact the driver’s side first, ultimately saving the life of his pregnant passenger.  The Chevy drove up and over the top of the Subaru, crushing the roof.  Reportedly, the driver of the Chevy was trying to take her sweater off and had asked her passenger to control the steering wheel.

When State Troopers arrived at the scene they found three people dead, the driver of the Subaru and two passengers from the Chevrolet.  Apparently none of the SUV occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and they were recognized by law enforcement agents as known drug offenders.  “There is quite a drug history there…and we found some evidence of that at the scene so that leads us to believe there were drugs in their systems,” stated Sergeant Longoria.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, it is very likely that the driver, and perhaps the passenger who took the wheel of the Chevy, will face charges of vehicular homicide, especially if drugs were found in their systems at the time of the accident.  My condolences go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time.