Cell phones, alcohol and driving: three things that should never mix, in any combination. Aneet Chandra, a 24-year-old man from Kent, paid no mind to those words of wisdom, however, and the outcome of his actions was deadly. Chandra was drunk driving down I-5, en route from the University District to Federal Way, when he crashed his Cadillac Eldorado. He had been drinking vodka before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle, carrying six passengers, four of whom were not wearing seatbelts.
Chandra was wreaking havoc on the freeway for miles. He was weaving in and out of cars and traveling at speeds that toppled 80 miles per hour. As if that weren’t dangerous enough, one of Chandra’s friends handed a cell phone off to him as he was driving recklessly through Seattle. That’s where things got really bad. The phone was lit up with the picture of a woman in a suggestive outfit, and Chandra became extremely distracted, losing control of his car right away.
One of Chandra’s passengers died at the scene of the accident. She had been thrown from the vehicle. Another was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was put on life support after suffering from critical chest and head injuries. The other surviving passengers had internal injuries as well as broken bones. Chandra’s blood alcohol levels have not been released, although a blood draw was taken at the time of the crash.
The 24-year-old Chandra was charged with vehicular homicide, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment and finally, three counts of vehicular assault.