On November 29, 2019, a 23-year-old Brier woman was arrested and charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, and vehicular assault. Police allege that the woman was driving under the influence of drugs when she veered off the road and hit four pedestrians.
The victims of the crash were a family visiting Washington the day after Thanksgiving. They included a brother and sister, their father, and the sister’s boyfriend. The sister, a 28-year-old woman, died at the scene; the 26-year-old brother died later that day at Harborview Medical Center. Both died of multiple blunt force injuries.
The father was taken to the hospital to treat several broken bones. The sister’s boyfriend was also injured in the accident.
Police stated that the 23-year-old woman had hit several poles before crashing into the 4 pedestrians on the corner of North 39th Street and Aurora Avenue. They said her car rolled into the northbound lanes and stopped 200-feet away from where first veered onto the sidewalk. The impact from the crash caused the engine to separate from the vehicle.
Witnesses said that they pried the windshield off the woman’s car, but as soon as she was out of the vehicle, she fled the scene. Police found her hiding in bushes.
A probable cause document stated that when police apprehended the woman, her eyes were droopy and watery, and she made statements that did not make sense. She refused to give officers her name and laughed at some of their questions. Later, she allegedly told them that she had closed her eyes and crashed intentionally.
Investigators said that they found what they believe to be a methamphetamine pipe in the woman’s car. Her blood was drawn to determine whether or not she had the substance in her system, but results were still pending.
Potential Penalties for the Alleged Offenses
If the woman is convicted of the charges, she could be looking at substantial prison time.
Penalties for the offenses are as follows:
- Vehicular homicide: A class A felony punishable by up to life in prison
- Vehicular assault: A class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison
- Felony-hit-and-run: A class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison
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