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DUI patrol in Puyallup dedicated to hit-and-run victim

Post by Joyce Chen on March 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm with 3 Comments »
March 9, 2010 4:00 pm

Law enforcement officers are dedicating Saturday’s county DUI emphasis patrol to a Spanaway man killed by a drunk driver near Puyallup in May 2008.

The Puyallup Police Department is hosting a ceremony for Robert Adam Hawkins, 51, at Puyallup City Hall, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Hawkins was driving home from work early May 20 when his Honda Civic was T-boned by a Honda Accord at the intersection of 66th Avenue East and River Road.

The Accord driver, Michael David Vaudrin, 28, sped away but was arrested shortly after. Vaudrin had been bar hopping and had run a red light before striking Hawkins’ car. His blood-alcohol level four hours after the crash was .12. He was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Hawkins, an Army veteran and postal worker, died of his injuries at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

At Saturday’s ceremony, Hawkins’ daughter Naomi will make a plea to the public to avoid driving under the influence and to report drunk drivers. She will also call for harsher penalties for drivers who kill while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Last year during a similar patrol in Puyallup in March, officers stopped 463 motorists and arrested 25 for impaired driving and six others on drug-related violations. Sgt. Bob Thompson of the Puyallup Police Department coordinated last year’s patrol and will be coordinating the city, county and state law enforcement agencies involved in the patrol on Saturday.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. gillis6809 says:

    It seems as if you kill someone with your car that you will really just get a slap on your wrists!! It is crazy that these guy’s get so little time cause they say
    “OH I WAS JUST SOMEWHAT DRUNK” and that’s so hard to believe!!
    Just give them what a murder gets!! No more breaks cause they were drunk behind the wheel!!

  2. steve_allison says:

    geez , they are killing the good ones and really getting away with murder using a very heavy weapon . just stop

  3. rosehaven says:

    A person is dead and their life is gone! I think he deserves a longer sentence and then forever after, should pay support payments to his family.

    Young or old everyone knows drinking and driving is a NO NO, yet off to the bar they go and later get behind the wheel! Why do these drinking men drive? Could it be the alcohol inflated their ego and think they can get by with it. Maybe they need to surrender their keys to a sober buddy, call a cab or have family to pick them up. Make the right choice if you drink

    He blew in a devise for a check four hours later that was still very high. A sad case when someone dies.

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