Athen Nguyen Killed in Seattle, WA Alleged DUI Accident
Seattle, WA -- Seattle, WA Saturday, December 31, 2016: An alleged DUI incident claimed the life of Athen Nguyen at the intersection of Roosevelt and Northeast 42nd Street.
Sources say a vehicle driven by James Horton Krogh was involved in an initial crash about 4 p.m. It appears the vehicle, while attempting to flee the collision, crashed into a motorcycle at the intersection operated by Mr. Nguyen. The second collision reportedly forced the motorcycle into a friend's car it was trailing. Mr. Krogh then allegedly sped off from the scene of the second collision, crashing into a utility pole.
Mr. Nguyen was thrown from his bike and sustained injuries described as "catastrophic." He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries days later.
Officials are currently conducting the investigation as alcohol related.
Mr. Krogh has since been charged in the incident.
The report left no more information.
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If the report is accurate, and the alleged drunk driver turns out to have been intoxicated, this only enforces my belief in the need for the adoption of laws regarding the sale of alcohol by licensed establishments. Make no mistake, being granted a license to sell a substance that can prove to be harmful is a privilege, not a right. This means the establishment holding the license is bound to do so in a manner that adheres to certain standards.
In Texas, bars that unlawfully serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated individuals can be held responsible if they go on to harm themselves or others. This law wasn't established to protect alleged drunk drivers from facing the consequences of their actions, it was established to hold accountable the folks who may enable their behavior by placing the desire for profit over the safety of the general public.
For more information on why bars can be sued for over-serving patrons, click the link below.
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