Spokane, Washington – Man Dies After Getting Crushed by Truck
Posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 7:50 pm
Spokane, Washington (December 5. 2019) – A man died from injuries sustained in an incident where a truck fell on top of him at a residence at the North Ralph Street and East Bridgeport Avenue on Thursday morning. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office released the victim’s name as of Friday, identifying the victim as Ronald J. Wittkopf. The officer has also released that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to chest injury.
Crews were called onto the scene around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. According to the report, Wittkopf was under a utility truck that was being prepared to be towed when the truck shifted and fell onto Wittkopf. Responding crews worked to lift the truck off the victim and attempted life-saving efforts, but Wittkopf died on the scene. The death has been determined to be accidental.
About Crush Injuries
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal case of an accident involving a falling object. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.
While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.
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.