In the first nine days of nationwide confinement, the tally of murders plummeted to 94 from 326 over the same period last year.
All social events for fraternities and sororities were suspended at Washington State University after the death Tuesday of a student possibly tied to alcohol. It’s the second fraternity-related death in the past week and the fourth college campus death in the past month that’s led to fraternity suspensions or crack-downs on frat parties.
Authorities say a man accused of fatally running over two German tourists at a southwest Washington swimming hole told police he had been drinking at a local restaurant prior to the crash. Court documents show a preliminary breath test taken nearly four hours after the Tuesday afternoon crash in Washougal, Washington, found David Croswell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.085. In Washington, a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered evidence of drunken driving.
Two German tourists visiting family in nearby Portland, Oregon, were run over and killed by a local man as they sunbathed by a swimming hole, police in Washington state said Wednesday. Police arrested David E. Croswell, 71, of Washougal, Washington, and held him on suspicion of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-and-run driving that causes death. Killed were Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62, of Germany.