A young man and his grandfather are the first people in Washington to face criminal charges under a new law punishing drivers who don’t tie down a load in their vehicle, leading to a deadly accident.
King County prosecutors say a metal shelving unit flew from the back of Clark’s pickup truck — which Clark had helped load but Campbell was driving — and caused a four-car crash near Shoreline as drivers swerved to get out of the way.
Campbell and Clark did not know the shelves had fallen out until they stopped to have lunch and a witness told them what happened, according to court documents.
The two men were charged under “Maria’s Law,” named for a Renton woman who was blinded when a piece of particleboard smashed through her window more than two years ago on I-5.
If you’ve been injured by an unsecured load, you may have claims against both the driver of the vehicle and the person or company that loaded it.