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Everett, Washington – One Person Killed in Hit-and-Run on Evergreen Way and Madison Street

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Posted on February 11, 2020

Everett, Washington (February 9, 2020) – One man was killed in a suspected DUI hit-and-run collision at the intersection of Evegreen Way and Madison Street on early Sunday morning. According to the report released by KIRO7 News on February 10, 2020, the victim, Tony Rubio, died in the crash. The suspect driver, Alejandro Esiquiel Barajas, fled the scene but was later caught by police.

The incident occurred around 6:15 a.m. The victim was driving his pickup truck west on Madison Street when the suspect, who was northbound on Evergreen Way, ran through the red light. The two vehicles collided in a reportedly violent crash. Barajas is facing charges of vehicular homicide and hit and run for the crash.

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We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a vehicle accident has resulted in a fatality. 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.