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Published on May 29, 2024
Unlicensed Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Deadly Seattle CollisionSource: Unsplash/Volodymyr Proskurovskyi

An unlicensed driver is facing multiple charges after a fatal crash that left a 74-year-old woman dead and several others injured in downtown Seattle. 25-year-old Aboubacarr Singhateh, behind the wheel of a heavy-duty pickup truck, is now charged with vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault, as reported by FOX 13 Seattle.

The collision, according to official documents obtained by FOX 13 Seattle, took place on May 23 when Singhateh allegedly rear-ended a taxi at a red light on 4th Avenue South. The taxi, carrying four passengers, was shoved nearly 150 feet into the intersection. The crash claimed the life of Suzanne Blake, while the remaining passengers suffered significant injuries.

In response to the crash, Singhateh's passenger, described as a 36-year-old woman, sustained injuries that were noted as "less substantial." During a subsequent evaluation, a Drug Recognition Expert raised suspicions that Singhateh might have been impaired by drugs while driving at that time. A court-approved search warrant yielded a blood sample from Singhateh, the results of which are pending, as per  KOMO News.

Despite having no known criminal or traffic history, Singhateh's court documents revealed a pending domestic violence case—illustrating a potentially troubling past. In addition to the bail request, the prosecutors have called for strict measures to prevent further incidents, necessitating Singhateh to abstain from non-prescribed drugs, driving without proper licensing and insurance and refraining from committing any more moving violations, according to FOX 13 Seattle.