August 31, 2009

Crash in Allyn, Washington Leaves 2 Seriously Injured

A suspected drunk driving car crash in Washington Thursday night in Allyn left two people seriously injured, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

A 19-year-old Allyn man was driving west on the 700 block of East Lake Shore Drive in Lakeland Village around 10:15 p.m. when the car left the roadway and crashed, said deputies.

His male passenger, who was unidentified, was seriously injured, according to Mason County Chief Deputy Dean Byrd. The man was then taken to Harborview Medical Center by helicopter. He is listed in serious condition at the Seattle hospital.

A 17-year-old girl, also from Allyn, was taken to Mason General Hospital in Shelton and later flown to Harborivew. She is listed in serious but stable condition, Byrd also said.

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August 27, 2009

Washington Motorcycle Collision Caused by Bear in the Road

An article from yakima-herald.com reported that a motorcycle accident in Washington occurred after a 46-year-old Yakima-area man lost control of his bike. On Sunday morning, August 2, 2009, around 10:30 a.m., the motorcyclist was riding on the North Fork Road outside Tampico when it came to his attention that a bear was in his lane up ahead after he rounded a curve. He tried to avoid hitting the bear when he lost control and crashed. The man suffered a rib injury and was treated at a local hospital. A sergeant at the scene said the bear did not appear to have been hurt and wandered from the scene of the accident.

Although we hear about auto accidents and motorcycle accidents caused by animals in the road less often than accidents caused by negligent drivers, drivers and cyclists must prepare for anything they might encounter on the highway. As was the case in the aforementioned incident, when rounding a curve in the road, it is especially important to proceed with reduced speed and caution. Fortunately in this accident, no one was killed. Based on a 2008 NHTSA report, in 2005, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death amongst persons ages 3 through 6 and 8 through 34, an astounding figure that needs to be shrunk sooner rather than later.

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August 26, 2009

Lowe's Pays $1.7M to Settle Discrimination Case

A $1.7 million settlement in a sexual harassment case against Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Inc. has been announced by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
On Thursday, the deal was signed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, and resolves a lawsuit on behalf of three workers at a Lowe's outlet in Longview, Washington.

A 21 year old woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by the 44-year-old store manager in his office. Two other people involved in the case are men in their 20s. They joined the woman in claiming they endured six months of physical and verbal abuse. All three wound up being fired.
According to the Seattletimes.com, besides awarding them more than $1.7 million in damages, the three-year consent decree requires Lowe's to provide anti-discrimination training to all employees in Washington and Oregon.

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August 25, 2009

Everett Fiery Auto Accident Injures 2 after Car Split in Half

Two women in Washington have suffered serious injuries in a car accident and have been taken to a Seattle-area hospital. The fiery crash occurred the night of June 23, 2009 on Evergreen Way when the vehicle with the two women was hit, while making a left-hand turn into a parking lot, by a car heading southbound. The impact of the collision split the women’s car in half just inches behind the front seats. Landing about eighty feet away, the back half of the car instantly exploded in flames that shot fifteen feet in the air. Luckily, no one was sitting in the backseat.

The accident is still being investigated by police to determine whether alcohol was a factor or if the southbound vehicle was speeding at the time of the collision. If police discover that the auto accident was caused by any of these factors, the driver of the southbound vehicle could face criminal charges and/or be held financially responsible for expenses, pain and suffering, and damages suffered by the victims.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2005 Annual State Highway Collision Data Summary, fatalities caused by auto accidents have dropped 5% since 2001. Consequently, catastrophic injuries have also declined during the same period of time. Unfortunately though, total crashes have increased 5% over the last five years.

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August 19, 2009

Sumner Single Car Accident Injures Two

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, a 41-year-old Sumner man was critically injured and a 41-year-old Puyallup woman was seriously injured in a single-car accident on Highway 162 near Sumner.

It was reported that the man lost control of the car he was driving as he was attempting to pass another car around 11:15pm on Sunday. Apparently, his car hit a fire hydrant, two concrete dividers and a telephone pole.

Police are reporting that alcohol was a factor in the car accident. The female passenger was apparently wearing her seat belt while the male driver was not wearing a seat belt.

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August 14, 2009

Bellingham Motorcycle Accident Injures Two

The Bellingham Herald reports that a motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington.

According to the report, the 34 year old Bellingham man was driving his motorcycle Marigold eastbound, near Lake Whatcom Boulevard. He then went off the road and hit a tree. The driver and his passenger, a 37 year old from Port Orchard, were both taken to St Joseph Hospital in Bellingham for treatment of injuries and were then released.

The driver faces possible vehicular assault charges, or driving under the influence charges, pending results of toxicology tests. The charge of vehicular assault can be made if a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that the driver was driving under the influence or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

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August 12, 2009

Oregon Crash Leaves 4 Washington Teens Dead

Authorities say that four Washington teenagers tragically died and a fifth was critically injured in a car crash on State Highway 30 in northwest Oregon on Monday.

The teenagers were in a sport utility vehicle that was heading westbound. The vehicle collided with an eastbound van just west of Clatskanie, Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said. Dead at the scene were the female SUV driver and three passengers.

The remaining SUV passenger, an 18-year-old Ridgefield boy, was taken by Life Flight Network to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland in critical condition, Hastings said.

The van driver, whose injuries were described as serious, was a 55-year-old man from Vancouver. He was taken by ambulance to a Longview, Wash., hospital.

According to Hastings, the teens had just graduated from Ridgefield High School.

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August 5, 2009

A Car and Bicyclist Collide On Street in Ballard

A bicyclist and a small passenger car collided at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of 14th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 58th Street in Ballard. The cyclist sustained minor injuries in the bike accident in Washington.

According to a local news source, the 14th Avenue Northwest Visioning Project has been working on improvements to the street for the past several years. Curb bulbs and a rain garden were installed at the same intersection of the accident last winter.

Seattle police spokesperson Mark Jamieson said that in the case of last night's collision, the bicyclist was at fault because he failed to yield to the vehicle.

“The cyclist did sustain some minor injuries, an injured knee and maybe had a hurt hand or finger,”Jamieson said. “He was checked out of the hospital as a precaution."

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August 4, 2009

Pickup Crash Near Monroe Leaves 2 Dead

A crash early Saturday morning outside Monroe, Washington has left two people dead. State troopers believe alcohol or other drugs may be involved.

According to troopers, shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon that was driving eastbound went off State Route 522 to the right, then veered across the center line and hit a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Dead at the scene of the auto accident in Washington were the driver of the car, as well as the passenger. Both were men in their 20s, said a local Trooper. A second passenger in the car was listed in serious condition Sunday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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