Woman Accused of Being Drunk and High During Fatal Hit and Run
Police have accused Katie Summers of being drunk and high when she crashed into a moped rider at the intersection of Edison St and Clearwater Ave in Kennewick on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old fitness trainer turned left in front of the rider who was heading west on Clearwater Avenue at about 8:47 p.m. 31-year-old Leonel Z. Birrueta has been identified as that moped rider, and he died at the scene of the accident.
Summers allegedly stopped briefly and exited her Toyota Tundra, before reentering her vehicle and fleeing the scene. Police found her shortly after they arrived at the scene at the nearby Albertson’s grocery store parking lot.
Bail for Summers was set at $500,000 on Wednesday. Police said that Summers admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before the accident. She is being held on suspicion of vehicular homicide and hit and run from a fatal wreck.
Can Families of Fatal DUI Crash Victims File Lawsuits in Washington?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps families affected by drunk driving find the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to these families:
Driving while intoxicated is a senseless act, and the dangers of doing so have been well-known for decades. However, thousands of people are still killed by drunk drivers every year. The families of these victims deserve justice, which can be found through both the criminal justice system and civil courts.
In Washington, as in every other state, these families may have grounds for a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver. Additionally, Washington’s dram shop law allows alcohol vendors to be held liable for drunk driving injuries and deaths if they served alcohol to the driver after he or she had become “obviously intoxicated.”
If your family is struggling with the death of a loved one who was hit by a drunk driver, you should know that the civil court system is available to help you find financial support and justice for your loved one. Consider speaking with an experienced DUI accident victim lawyer to better understand your legal options during this difficult time.
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Intersection of Edison St and Clearwater Ave in Kennewick