Jessica Valdez, a 27-year-old forklift crash victim is memorialized on Aurora Avenue. Drunk forklift driver in jail. This case was heard Thursday afternoon. The judge found probable cause for vehicular homicide, DUI and $300,000 bail.
The unnamed 54-year-old Seattle man waived his first appearance. Valdez’s family was in court, Jose Duran, Valdez’s father explained outside. “To support her and the kids,” Duran said. The memorial includes birthday balloons to mark where ambulances helped Valdez.
Denika Trujillo, Jessica Valdez’s sister said, “This was not her fate. She deserved much more. She deserved to see her children grow and they deserved her.” Three children—2, 4, and 8 survive Valdez. Family members will hold a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the crash site. It’s all in this video from KING 5 Seattle, where you can see the details of the case.
The Tuesday afternoon wreck killed the mother of three, who would have turned 28 on Friday. Police say the forklift operator entered Aurora Avenue from the west side and drove east until he hit a southbound SUV. It carried Valdez.
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(According to the reports of King5.com) Tuesday’s forklift operator arrest. Police found alcohol bottles near him in Probable Cause documents. According to documents, his voluntary breath sample was registered .20. What are you doing on a forklift in Aurora with alcohol?
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