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Washington man has criminal charges filed after fatal wreck

A Washington man who was recently located in another state has been brought back and is currently being held in a local jail. He has had criminal charges filed against him in connection with a fatal accident in 2012. He is alleged to have a history of criminal convictions.

The accident occurred in the late afternoon on an October day in 2012. The man was allegedly attempting to overtake another vehicle. The lane supposedly became a no-passing zone; however, it is not clear as to whether the man started his pass legally. His vehicle then crashed head-on into an approaching car.

The two passengers in the charged driver's car died from their injuries. Another passenger, a 7-year-old child, suffered from internal and spinal injuries. The driver of the other car suffered wounds to her lower extremities, as did the charged driver. The trial for this accident is scheduled to commence in late September.

The criminal charges include two counts each of vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. He recently had his arraignment hearing and is currently awaiting the start of his trial. He should work closely with his defense team to challenge the evidence and testimony that the Washington prosecutor's office will be assembling against him. The counts against him are serious; however, it is up to the state to prove that he acted in a reckless or negligent manner in order to support the charges. Moreover, the man is entitled to a fair and impartial recitation of the case against him while presenting his own defense, including the right to face his accusers in court.

Source: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, "Trial set for driver in crash that killed two", Terry Mcconn, Aug. 12, 2014

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