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Driver pleads not guilty in Lake City Way fatal rear-end car crash | Seattle car accident attorney

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1/25/2009
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21-year-old Jabari James pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges from a January 3, 2009 Seattle car accident on Lake City Way NE in Seattle, Washington.  According to investigation reports, he was driving at a very high rate of speed and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol when he crashed into the back of a Subaru Impreza that was stopped at a red light at the intersection of NE 95th Street and Lake City Way NE.

James' blood alcohol content (BAC) was reportedly 0.23 which is almost three times the legal limit of .08 in Washington.

A passenger in the back seat of the Subaru, William Somtoa, 19, died the day after the collision from a brain injury.  The driver of the Subaru, Chase Evans, 19, suffered a concussion and a second passenger, Carmrodeen Kahn, 21, suffered minor injuries.  A passenger in James' car, Daniel Thomas, 20, also suffered a concussion.

The mix of young drivers and alcohol is a dangerous combination.  Mr. James should be held accountable for his negligent and irresponsible actions.  The criminal courts will deal with the DUI and vehicular homicide charge, but the civil courts will deal with any claims that may be brought against him for personal injuries suffered from the car accident.


At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC we help those who have been wrongfully injured or killed by a drunk driver.  The issues can be complicated from determining insurance coverages available to opening up an estate, appointing a personal representative in the case of a wrongful death of a passenger in this car crash, and finding out who the potential claimants may be.  You can call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676 for a free initial consultation.



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