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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 |
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.

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