Spokane, Washington – Police Arrest Audrey Bates For DUI After 2 Seriously Injured In Car Crash

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Ash Street and Wellesley Ave

The intersection of Ash Street and Wellesley Ave in Spokane, where 2 were injured in a suspected DUI crash on August 23.

2 Injured When Suspected Drunk Driver Runs Red Light In Spokane

Two people were seriously injured in a suspected DUI accident that happened on August 24 near Shadle Park in Spokane. Police and fire crews responded to the accident scene at around 8:15 p.m. last night and found two vehicles that had been involved in the accident. Investigators determined that one vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the other vehicle at the intersection of Ash Street and Wellesley Ave.

The Spokane Fire Department had to remove two victims from the struck vehicle, and those individuals were transported to a nearby hospital. Their injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

The driver of the striking vehicle a has been identified as 55-year-old Audrey Bates. Police say that she was intoxicated and she has been charged with two counts of vehicular assault.

The names of the two injured victims have not been released.

Who Can Be Held Liable For Drunk Driving Accidents in Washington?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has experience helping drunk driving victims get the financial compensation they deserve. Here he is with some discussion of third-party liability for drunk driving accidents in Washington state:

After innocent victims are injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers, making sure the driver is arrested and prosecuted is obviously a top priority. In the hours and days following the crash, it’s also important for victims to be aware of their right to file a civil lawsuit for damages related to their injuries. In Washington and most other states, drunk driving injury victims may have the right to file a lawsuit against both the drunk driver and a third party who provided them with alcohol before the crash.

According to Washington’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors (like bars and restaurants) can be held liable for serving alcohol to someone who is “obviously intoxicated” if that individual injures someone else because of their intoxication.

Washington also has a social host law which allows hosts of parties and other gatherings to be held liable for serving alcohol to someone under age 21 if that individual causes an injury to someone else.

If you’d like to find out more about your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver, we advise speaking with an experienced DUI victim lawyer as soon as possible.

The Intersection of Ash and Wellesley in Spokane

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About the Author:

Brian Kent, Esq. is a partner at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. Brian is nationally recognized as a leading attorney victims' rights lawyer. He has represented several clients who have been injured because of criminal actions of another including, sexual abuse cases, hit by drunk driver cases, and negligent security cases.

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