March 31, 2008

Woman injured in Stanwood wreck

An 18-year-old woman sustained critical injuries in a car accident in downtown Stanwood on Thursday. She was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital.

According to Herald.net, the two-car accident happened near the intersection of 88th Avenue NW and 271st Street NW about 3:30 p.m.

A pickup truck struck the woman's Mustang convertible. The pickup had been heading south on 88th Avenue NW. The driver of the pickup was uninjured. There were no other injuries, as neither car had any passengers.

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March 25, 2008

Tacoma man dies after being hit by 2 separate vehicles

Two separate vehicles hit and killed a 48-year-old man early Sunday morning in a Tacoma intersection. Both vehicles fled the scene after the auto accident and police are looking for the drivers.

Residents near the intersection of 38th and Fawcett say they've seen many bad accidents here. They say drivers frequently drive way too fast

Shortly before 2 a.m., Christy Lawson heard a noise outside her house.

"I heard kind of what I thought was like a thumping. I thought it was like a door closing, a car or a door or something," she said. She realized something serious had happened when she saw police lights through the window a few minutes later.

"Lights and cops and unfortunately there was a man laying on the ground being treated by the ambulance," she said.

“My neighbor's dog was hit not too long ago. I've seen many dogs and animals hit. Killed. Our neighbor up the street got hit by a car, he lived, just earlier this year. It happens all the time," said Lindsey Spaulding.

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March 24, 2008

$1.25M Awarded In Wrongful Death Suit

A jury in Tennessee awarded the family of a young mother more than $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Ginger Williams, 34 and suffering from end-stage renal disease, died one day after doctors released her from the emergency room at Maury Regional Hospital. According to her mother, doctors and the hospital neglected to give her daughter a blood test that would have detected an elevated, deadly potassium level. The jury ruled that Williams died after a break-down in communication kept her from getting proper medical care.

Doris Howell and her grandson were awarded $1.25 million.

Attorneys for the prosecution worked for three years to prove two doctors, two nurses and the hospital didn't give the blood test to detect her elevated potassium level.

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March 21, 2008

Metro bus crash sends 12 to hospitals

Approximately a dozen bus riders were taken to area hospitals after a Metro bus accident on Pacific Highway South on Wednesday. Afternoon traffic was snarled near the Kent-Des Moines interchange.

There did not appear to be any critical injuries suffered in the Seattle Auto Accident that occurred shortly before 2 p.m, said Des Moines police and officials with King County Metro Transit.

According to Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke, the Route 174 bus was driving southbound in the extreme right-hand lane on Pacific Highway South when a vehicle in the lane to the left of the bus cut in front of the bus in an attempt to make a right-hand turn into a parking lot. Theilke also said there was no major damage to the bus.

"We had a bent bike rack," she said.

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March 19, 2008

Train – semi truck collision in Marysville

A train and semi-truck collided in Marysville early Monday. Minor injuries occurred when the train derailed.

At approximately 6 a.m., the Seattle truck accident occurred around 130th and State streets. The driver of the semi-truck suffered some minor injuries, said Marysville Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Goodale. As a precaution, he was transported to Providence Everett Medical Center's Colby Campus. None of the train crew suffered injuries.

According to King5.com, two train engines were derailed, but the rest of the train still on the track. . Marysville Fire Department crews were at the scene investigating the accident, where debris from the train was strewn about 500 yards along the track.

Amtrak service to and from Vancouver, B.C., will be affected. Contact Amtrak for the latest train schedule.

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March 17, 2008

Extra patrols in King County to target drunken drivers

The streets of King County will see some extra patrol cars in search of drunken drivers this weekend.

X-52, which is the nickname of the State Patrol-sponsored program, is part of a statewide effort to catch and stop people from drinking and driving. Trooper Jeff Merrill said the patrols will be in North King County, but didn’t to specify where.

By the year 2030, law enforcement across the state are trying to eliminate all Seattle auto accident deaths. They are hopeful that the X-52 emphasis will be helpful with this goal, Merrill said.

Between 2002 and 2006, 595 people were killed in traffic crashes in King County, and 4,169 people were left with disabling injuries, said Matías Valenzuela, spokesman for Public Health — Seattle & King County. Thirty-nine percent, or 234 of these deaths, were caused by impaired drivers.

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March 14, 2008

Woman fired for her military service files lawsuit

A Kirkland woman, Kelly Hansen, claims she lost her job as chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Seattle because of her years of service as a National Guard chaplain. She was required to drill for a weekend and take time off work.

"The first day she came back to work after her drill weekend she was called into her supervisor's office and terminated," said James Beck, her lawyer.

Hansen claims in the lawsuit she filed Thursday in Seattle Federal Court, that she was fired because Children's Hospital knew that her unit was on alert and she would be leaving for a 14-month deployment to Iraq.

According to King5.com, state and federal Worker's compensation laws require businesses to hold jobs for employees serving the Guard and Reserves, and companies that don’t can face stiff penalties.

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March 12, 2008

Man with destroyed heart gets record $40 million awarded by jury

$40.1 million was awarded by a Snohomish County Superior Court jury to a man whose heart was ruined by a malfunctioning machine during an operation at an Everett hospital.

Lawyers stated that the jury award is the largest in county history and thought to be one of the state's largest personal injury verdicts.

54 year old Paramjit Singh’s lawyers had asked for up to $38 million in damages to as compensation for Singh, who had to undergo a heart transplant and is suffering other problems as a result of the injury. He also has to take anti-rejection drugs.

The company that manufactured the defective device, Edwards Lifesciences Corp. of Irvine, Calif., said it is willing to pay reasonable damages, but not as much as Singh's lawyers were seeking.

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March 10, 2008

Light sentence received in crosswalk death accident sends questionable message

According to Komotv.com, many Seattleites were outraged when a municipal court judge ordered fines, no driving, and community service for a driver found guilty of hitting and killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Ephraim Schwartz will have his conviction erased from his record in two years, if he avoids driving and completes the community service. He is also avoiding any jail time for the Seattle pedestrian accidents.

"Where is the incentive for people to drive safely and responsibly?" asked Rebecca Deehr, executive director of Feet First, a pedestrian advocacy group.

"Besides the fines and ticketing that may result from not driving safely and responsibly, there is no incentive," she said.

Deehr also said that the consequences for drivers in situations like this should match "the gravity of their action." Without consequences, she said, "we can't expect that drivers will take the extra step to put down the latte, stop looking at their cell phone, or to take the other necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian."

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March 4, 2008

Justice sought by mother in daughter's murder

A man who was just released from a Massachusetts prison killed Beverly and Brian Mauck. Daniel Tavares had been let out after serving time for killing his mother. Now Beverly’s mother says she owes it to her murdered daughter and son-in-law to change the state law.

Beverly's mother, Karen Slater, says she feels helpless trying to hold that prison accountable for releasing Tavares. She wants to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the prison but can't do so under the state law. According to the Mauck family, Tavares should have been held in prison longer. He apparently had a history of attacking prison guards and making threats against then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

"Even though there's criminal action, conviction and sentencing occurred, the ability to seek civil action is not allowed," said Rep. Timm Ormsby, R-Spokane.

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March 3, 2008

Marysville man killed by vehicle while crossing street

The death of an elderly Marysville man who was hit by a car while crossing the street on Saturday morning is being investigated by police.

According to Marysville police Lt. Jeff Goldman, the Washington auto accident occurred around 5:20 a.m. in the 9600 block of State Avenue, in Marysville.

Rescue crews said the man was dead when they arrived, Marysville Fire District spokeswoman Stephanie Price said. She also said that the man apparently was not in a crosswalk.

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