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3 killed in highway head-on crash

Three people were killed in a two-car accident that happened in Washington on May 23. According to the news source, the incident occurred early in the morning on Highway 20 when a '98 Audi A4 crossed over center line and collided with a 2006 Ford Fusion. The 65-year-old driver of the Ford Fusion and his two passengers, 21 and 23, were killed in the wreck. A 22-year-old male passenger in the Audi was hurt in the collision, but the source did provide details on his injuries.

The 19-year-old driver of the Audi suffered serious injuries, including a broken arm and a broken leg. He was brought to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center for treatment and released without being arrested by police. Investigators suspected he was drunk at the time of the collision. According to a trooper who spoke with a local radio host about the escape, officers were not standing over the suspect because they believed his injuries would keep him hospitalized. The trooper also said law enforcement was responsible for ensuring that an officer is stationed outside of an injured arrestee's room, and hospital staff are not required to notify police when a patient is being released.

Around 11:00 p.m. on June 13, police were notified that the suspect was back at Harborview Medical Center. Officers responded to the scene, identified the suspect and placed him under custody.

Now that the suspect has been apprehended, the victims' families may consider filing wrongful death claims against him. Wrongful death lawsuits involving car accidents typically award restitution for funeral expenses and medical costs. The loss of a decedent's future income could also factor in to the compensation paid to a decedent's family via a civil suit.

Source: Mynorthwest.com, "State patrol explains what happened with DUI suspect who left hospital after fatal crash", JOSH KERNS, June 13, 2014

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