Bicyclist Suffers “Severe and Disfiguring Injuries” in Hit-and-Run with Suspected Drunk Driver in Moxee
A cyclist suffered what authorities have called “severe and disfiguring” injuries in a hit-and-run collision involving a suspected drunk driver on Saturday, October 5.
The Yakuma Sheriff’s office responded to a call of a hit-and-run near the intersection of Postma Road and St. Hilaire Road in Moxee at around 4 p.m. on Saturday. According to deputies, a vehicle drove through a stop sign and struck 52-year-old cyclist Loyal McLoud.
McLoud suffered severe injuries, including a deep cut on his head, a large patch of skin and muscle torn from one of his buttocks, and possibly a broken back. He was hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition.
Shortly after responding to the hit-and-run, deputies received a call concerning an abandoned van about two blocks from the scene of the crash. According to deputies, the van had right-side damage that matched with the hit-and-run.
Deputies say they saw two men running away from the fan on Duffield Road. One of those men, 33-year-old Jose Vasquez, had keys to the van and eventually admitted that he had been driving it.
Vasquez reportedly blew a .209 blood-alcohol content on a breathalyzer test. He was charged with DUI, vehicular assault, and hit-and-run with injury.
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Legal Options for Cyclists Injured by Drunk Drivers in Washington
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has represented numerous victims of drunk driving injuries in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal options available to cyclists who have been hit by drunk drivers in the state of Washington:
Staying safe on the roads can be a challenge for cyclists, as even when they follow all the rules, dangerous drivers can still cause serious injuries. When a cyclist is hit by a drunk driver, it’s important that they are aware of their legal rights and options for financial compensation. These collisions can cause severe injuries and a variety of financial and personal difficulties.
In the state of Washington, people who have been hit by drunk drivers may have multiple options for financial compensation. These injury victims can file personal injury lawsuits against the drunk driver, but the available legal options don’t always stop there. In some cases, these victims may also have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who served the driver before the crash.
According to Washington’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by their customers if the customer was “apparently under the influence”, “obviously intoxicated”, or under 21 years of age when the alcohol was provided to them.
If you or someone close to you has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your options for financial compensation by discussing your case with an experienced DUI injury victims lawyer.
The Intersection of St. Hilaire Road and Postma Road in Moxee, WA
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