Renton, Washington – Officer Sustains Minor Injuries After Suspect Flees, Crashes Into Home
Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 11:22 pm
Renton, Washington (September 5, 2019) – An officer sustained minor injuries in an incident involving a runaway suspect crashing a pickup truck into a home in the area of South 34th Avenue and Main Avenue South on Thursday morning. The officer was taken to Valley Medical Center for evaluation. A passenger in the back seat of the truck was also transported to the same hospital for evaluation, but has since been released.
Police were called to the area around 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a pickup truck being parked in the street since 1 a.m. Police detained the driver after finding drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. As the officer was still leaning inside the vehicle, the passenger went into the driver’s seat and hit the gas. The vehicle struck several other cars and ended up crashing into a house. The house was reported to have sustained cosmetic damage only. The passenger who drove the car was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer, DUI, and warrants.
About Vehicle Accidents
From data gathered on car crashes into buildings, the cause was usually operator error or pedal error. For operator errors, drivers usually accelerated or were at high speeds, or were in the wrong gear. Pedal error means that drivers stepped on the gas when they meant to step on the brake. Other, smaller factors for crashing into buildings are situation-based, such as driving under influence, traffic accidents, weather conditions or medical emergencies. A very small percentage are for people who intentionally ram buildings to commit theft. From these causes, lack of control is a common feature.
Because of the crash site, the threat of injuries applies not only to the occupants of the car but also people inside the building. Damage can also be done to either the car or the struck building. As always, we urge everyone to drive with caution and practice safe driving wherever you go. Doing so minimizes damage and injuries you can inflict not only on yourself, but on others as well. If you have however become a victim of a vehicle accident of any sort, we extend our sympathies and compassion.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.