Contact Us

9-Year-Old Boy Is First Marijuana DUI Fatality Because of Uncle

Boy injured in marijuana related DUI crash dies
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Authorities believe a 9-year-old boy is the first fatality because of a marijuana DUI since the drug was legalized last year.

The Pierce County boy suffered severe injuries in a one-car accident Saturday and recently died. Donovan Best was riding with his 26-year-old uncle on Route 16 near the town of Purdy when the car flipped. Donovan and the man were reportedly thrown from the vehicle.

The boy’s 8-year-old sister was also in the car, but she survived. According to authorities, she said they were telling their uncle to slow down. The man failed to negotiate a corner just prior to the accident.

The Washington State Patrol says the man, who survived the wreck, was drinking, had marijuana in his system, and was possessing what officers described as a “large amount of marijuana.” The man allegedly admitted to smoking the pot before getting in the car.

He will now face vehicular homicide charges, said the troopers.

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!