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Man charged in fatal crash was suicidal

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 27-year-old man has been placed in King County Jail in Seattle following a deadly high-speed crash. According a tweet by the accused man, his car was doing 130 mph passed a cop before a collision with a BMW. The impact of the collision caused the BMW to explode, killing the 22-year-old driver inside. The man's wife, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, told authorities that her husband was suicidal prior to the car accident.

According to his wife, the accused man hadn't been able to sleep after recently losing his job. When he checked himself into a hospital, the staff gave him IV fluids and released him after one day. The wife believes that had her husband received anti-psychotic drugs, he may have been able to come home and sleep. Instead, the man became suicidal while driving.

The wife also went on to explain that her husband had never acted like that in the past. Saying that he had never hurt her before, his wife was perplexed as to why her husband appeared to have lost his mind. According to statements she made to a local reporter, the wife of the accused believed that her husband wanted to die at the moment of the crash.

Following the accident, the accused man was held on $1 million bail and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. While facing such serious charges, the accused may wish to discuss his options with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. By gathering testimony from hospital staff and witnesses, a lawyer may be able to help the accused build a solid defense based on a plea of temporary insanity.

Source: KOMO, "Wife of man accused in fatal crash: 'I honestly think he wanted to die'", Luke Duecy , September 20, 2013

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