Bothell, Washington - Motorcyclist Killed in Suspected DUI Crash
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Bothell, Washington – Motorcyclist Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

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Posted on September 20, 2019

Bothell, Washington (September 18, 2019) – A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a car whose driver is suspected of DUI. The victim, identified as Kevin Vaughn from Auburn, was pronounced dead on the scene. The car driver, Jaawan Woodruff from Kirkland, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

According to the report, Vaughn and Woodruff were likely to have been racing in adjacent lanes on the Interstate 405 near Beardslee Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. During this time, Woodruff’s vehicle edged into the motorcycle lane and caused a crash. The collision caused both vehicles to go across the freeway,  with Vaughn and his motorcycle sent over the guard rail. Woodruff has been arrested  for investigation of DUI and vehicular homicide.

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We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case where a fatality is involved. According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.