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Two Pedestrians Dead, Two Injured By Pickup Truck in Seattle

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Mar 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Driving Drunk?
You may have heard about the tragic incident that happened Monday afternoon in Seattle. A pickup truck crashed into a group of pedestrians who were crossing a street. A husband and wife, both in their 60s, were killed in the crash, while a 33-year old woman and a 10-day old infant sustained life-threatening injuries. The pickup's driver, a 50-year old man, was arrested and booked into jail.

However, the news story in the Seattle Times implies a different set of circumstances. The article leads with the information that the man has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, and that he has several traffic citations on his driving record. The inference is that the man may have been drunk and/or speeding at the time of this week's crash, which happened to be near a middle school.

But upon reading the entire story, these facts become apparent:

  • In both cases, the man was only arrested for DUI, not convicted of the crime. So he remains innocent until proven guilty.
  • The man was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, which would have been the case for any individual that was in the same situation.
  • Authorities aren't sure whether excessive speed was a factor in this week's crash.
  • Four of the five traffic citations on the man's record are over ten years old.
  • No students were involved in the accident, which occurred outside of a marked school zone.

While it's certainly a tragedy that the couple were killed and the woman and baby injured, and that the man should be held accountable, it's not appropriate to jump to conclusions about the man based on historical information which has not yet been shown to be relevant in this case.

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