Police: Drunk Driver Runs Red Light at Summitview and 16th, Injuring 3 in Crash
Police in Yakima say a drunk driver ran through a red light at the intersection of Summitview and 16th avenues on Saturday night, injuring at least three people in an ensuing crash.
According to witnesses, 26-year-old Roberto Maravilla ran a red light and collided with two other vehicles at the intersection at around 9:37 p.m. on Saturday night. A woman in one of those vehicles suffered a broken collarbone, punctured lung, and five broken ribs. She was extricated from her vehicle and hospitalized.
Two other people from vehicles involved in the crash were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
According to the police, Maravilla fled the scene of the crash but came back a few minutes later. An affidavit stated that Maravilla told an officer that he had “one 16 ounce glass of wine” at lunch and that he had smoked marijuana earlier.
A breathalyzer test measures his blood alcohol content at 0.168, which is over twice the legal limit. He was booked at the Yakima County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault.
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Legal Options For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Washington State
Lawyer contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and helps them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Brian has offered to share a bit of his knowledge regarding the legal options available to people who have been injured by drunk drivers in the state of Washington:
When a drunk driver causes a crash and other people are injured or killed, those victims and their families have legal rights. These crashes can cause tremendous personal and financial difficulties for the victims and these difficulties require financial compensation.
All 50 states allow people to file lawsuits against drunk drivers for injuring them. Additionally, Washington and several other states also have dram shop laws that allow these victims and families to sue an alcohol vendor who served the driver before the crash – depending on circumstances.
According to Washington’s dram shop law, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor served a customer who was either visibly intoxicated or under 21 years old. If either of these circumstances applies and the customer injures someone else because of their intoxication, the injured person may have grounds for a dram shop law against the alcohol vendor.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options and right to financial compensation in a free consultation with one of our experienced dram shop lawyers.
The Intersection of Summitview Ave and North 16th Ave in Yakima, WA
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