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Auburn, Washington – Car Involved in Hit-and-Run Crashes into Home

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Posted on November 14, 2019

Auburn, Washington (November 13, 2019) – A stolen vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crashed into a duplex at the 200 block of 21st Place Southeast on Wednesday night. The residents of the building were at home at the time of the crash, but none were injured in the incident. No other injuries were reported in the hit-and-run.

Police have reported that a hit-and-run occurred on Highway 18 at C Street Southwest on Wednesday night, where a vehicle was identified to have been one stolen out of Tacoma. Troopers from the Washington State Patrol and Auburn Police searched the area for the vehicle and eventually found it in a side street with the driver still at the wheel. While officers were observing the vehicle the driver attempted to flee, but ended up crashing into garage of a duplex. The driver was found asleep at the wheel, and has been arrested by the police.

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.


Update: The location has been provided.