One of the biggest hazards of late night driving is the drunk drivers that plague our roadways from dusk to dawn. In fact, drunk drivers contributed to 37% of all fatal auto accidents in 2008- making drunk driving the #1 cause of fatal accidents. Being a Tacoma personal injury attorney and Washington wrongful death lawyer it is my goal to help the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families recover.
A Sumner man pleaded guilty this week to vehicular homicide for a drunk driving accident that took the life of a youth pastor. September 6th, 2010 30-year-old Joseph Patrick McNeil of Sumner, Washington was driving west on Stewart Road Southwest shortly before 2 a.m. when he crossed the center line. His 4×4 struck a small sedan head on killing 24-year-old Samuel Stephens at the scene.
Police reports from the scene of the fatal drunk driving accident claim that McNeil displayed signs of intoxication when they arrived on the scene. Reports indicate McNeil’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, his speech was slurred and alcohol was on his breath. McNeil had also admitted to consuming beer at a local bar before the accident and had told police he was driving eastbound on Stewart before the accident which was not what witnesses claimed.
In a hearing on Tuesday, March 15th McNeil pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge in the fatal drunk driving accident he will be sentenced in court on March 31st.
The man killed in the fatal drunk driving accident, Samuel Stephens, was a youth pastor at EastPointe Church in Bonney Lake. He died just two weeks before his wedding day.
Our hearts go out to the Stephen’s family and the finance of Samuel Stephens- it is never easy to lose a loved one so suddenly and under such tragic circumstances.
Please do not drink and drive. It is not worth the risk to yourself or others.