Tacoma Police Arrest Man After His Vehicle Strikes 2 Kids
Tacoma police arrested a 27-year-old man who was allegedly driving drunk when his vehicle hit two kids playing in their South Tacoma neighborhood on Saturday, July 27. An 8-year-old and 6-year-old boy were struck at around 10:30 p.m. on the 5400 block of South Junett Street. The two kids ran out of a house and into the street when the driver’s vehicle hit them at a low speed.
The 8-year-old was brought to Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a cut on his head and was kept overnight for observation. The 6-year-old suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The 27-year-old Tacoma man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault.
Do Victims of Drunk Drivers Have Legal Recourse In Washington?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney adds some thoughts on alcohol vendor liability in drunk driving cases:
Drunk drivers disregard the safety of everyone in their community. When intoxicated individuals get behind the wheel, they endanger everyone they’ll pass by on the road that night. When an accident does happen, their victims can suffer life-altering injuries and in many cases, victims of drunk drivers end up passing away from their injuries. Understandably, drunk driving victims and their families want to see their offender brought to justice.
The criminal justice system helps punish drunk drivers, but the civil court system directly helps victims. In Washington, state dram shop laws demand accountability from alcohol vendors who continue to serve visibly intoxicated customers when one of these customers drives drunk and causes an accident. In these cases, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the establishment where the perpetrator continued to drink past the point of visible intoxication.
Determining liability in these cases will require a careful investigation by an experienced drunk driving victims lawyer.