Burien, Washington – Eleven People Injured when Vehicle Crashes Into Store

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 9:51 pm    

Burien, Washington (December 16, 2019) -A total of eleven people sustained injuries when a car crashed into a Ross store on First Avenue South on Monday evening. Three people were critically injured in the crash, including a two year-old toddler, a 43 year-old man who is also the toddler’s grandfather, and a man in his 30s. These critically injured victims were taken to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle, where it was reported that the toddler remains in critical condition, the grandfather is in serious condition and the third man’s condition was last reported to be satisfactory as of Tuesday afternoon. Seven other people in the incident were taken to Highline Medical Center in Burien, and another victim was taken to Valley Medical Center in Renton. Not included in the count are the two suspects in the vehicle, who both received minor injuries in the crash. None of the injured were employees in the store.

The crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. According to the information from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the van was being used as a getaway car in a shoplifting attempt, and while driving at a high rate of speed, the van struck an unoccupied car that was in front of the store and ended up crashing through the front windows. The van ended up going into the clothing aisle, striking several people as well as the stroller the toddler was in. The driver has been arrested for DUI and a female suspect inside the car was arrested for another warrant, but police have said the charges may be upgraded depending on what happens to the patients. The store has been boarded up and remains closed by Tuesday.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this accident contains a criminal element, accidents of other causes can also result in injuries or fatalities. 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, as can be seen in this case. 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 Caffee Law 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 Caffee Law 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.



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