A Washington man driving a Subaru Legacy is reported to have stuck and killed a 23-year-old woman and critically injured a 25-year-old man who were walking along Tracyton Boulevard near Bremerton around 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 10. The woman was found dead at the scene by emergency responders while the man was stabilized at the scene and then airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.
The driver is being held at Kitsap County Jail pending investigation into charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Accident investigators are trying to establish whether the two pedestrians were walking in the roadway or on the shoulder immediately before they were hit. The spot where the accident occurred had no streetlights, and the darkness may have contributed to the crash.
The pedestrians, the driver and two passengers in the Subaru were at the same bar prior to the accident. The pedestrians had chosen to walk to the bar knowing that they would be drinking; they thought that it would be safer. Police believe that the driver of the Subaru was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
When people take steps to ensure their own safety and the safety of others, such as choosing to walk to a bar if they believe that they'll be drinking, authorities may place more fault with a driver in the event of an auto-pedestrian crash. This may help a personal injury claim in the event that a surviving pedestrian chooses to hold the driver accountable in civil court. Evidence uncovered during any resulting criminal proceedings may also be used for a related civil lawsuit.
Source: KOMO News, "Car hits 2 pedestrians near Bremerton; 1 killed, 1 critical", September 10, 2014