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Man Sentenced in Fatal Bellevue BMW Crash

Viorel Palanchuk will serve 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to DUI. One person died in the early morning downtown Bellevue crash in April.

Viorel Palanchuk was sentenced last week to 12 months in prison for a fatal drunk-driving crash in Bellevue on April 14 that killed a passenger in his car, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

A 21-year-old man died and another passenger was injured when Palanchuk's car slammed into a concrete jersey barrier on Interstate 405 at a high rate of speed, according to the King County Prosecuting attorney's Office.

According to a press release at the time, Washington State Patrol troopers said the 2006 BMW M6 that Palanchuk was driving failed to turn onto Interstate 405 from eastbound on NE 6th Street and crashed head-on into the jersey barrier at 12:18 a.m. April 14, 2012. 

A 21-year-old man died in the crash, and a 19-year-old woman who was with them was injured, according to the state patrol.

Palanchuk, 32, of Renton, pleaded guilty last month to Vehicular Homicide (DUI) and Reckless Driving, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Peter Mould November 29, 2012 at 03:06 AM
What a waste of human life. This is when drunk drivers act irresponsibly and continue to drive even under the influence of alcohol. It is bad enough that he got into a crash in his BMW, but he had to implicate his innocent passengers. May this become a lesson for other drivers who are thinking of drink driving. - http://www.pmwltd.co.uk

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