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Charges Filed in Seattle Wrongful Death Suit | Seattle Wrongful Death Lawyer


Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Charges were recently filed regarding an accident that happened in the early hours of March 21 when a woman drove the wrong way on Interstate 5, killing her passenger, Komo News reported in this article.

Maria Hill, a 40 year old woman from Covington, was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment when she went the wrong way on a I-90 interchange ramp at Interstate 5.  Her Lexus RX300 SUV collided with an oncoming pickup truck.  Hill's passenger, 33 year old Valerie Renae Cartillar, Seattle, was ejected through the windshield, as she was not wearing her seat belt.  The 55 year old pickup truck driver sustained minor injuries, and Cartillar was killed.

Stated in court documents, Hill was under the influence of alcohol, as she and Cartillar were drinking at a downtown Seattle restaurant the night of March 20 until the restaurant closed at 11 p.m.  When her blood sample was taken, nearly 2 1/2 hours after the collision, Hill's blood alcohol level was still at .21g/100mL, a "gross impairment.

Approximately 2 1/2 hours later, Hill had turned south on the northbound exit of the Interstate-5-collector-distributer at James Street.  The pickup truck was heading in the correct direction, towards the oncoming Hill.  He slammed on his brakes to avoid the collision, but Hill's Lexus hit him nearly head-on.  Cartillar, ejected throught the windshield, was pinned between the Lexus and the curb and killed instantly.  Hill suffered a broken arm and was trapped in the driver's seat.

Public court records show Hill is a repeat DUI offender, and has also been convicted of prostitution and promoting prostitution.  She is free on $100,000 bail, with her arraignment on April 9.


The Andrew Kim Law Firm is a personal injury firm in Bellevue that can handle your injury claim involving a car accident, truck accident, as well as wrongful death claims.  Our Bellevue accident attorney has experience handling claims all over Western Washington.  For your free consultation to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death claim, call our office at (425) 289-1990, (253) 682-2000 or (800) 636-3676.

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