Cashmere, Washington - One Person Dead in One Vehicle Collision
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Cashmere, Washington – One Person Dead in One Vehicle Collision

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Posted on July 23, 2019

Cashmere, Washington (July 20, 2019) – One person was killed in a single-vehicle collision at Stine Hill Road and Pine Flats Loop Road on Saturday afternoon. The victim, identified as Jose M Arroyo-Mejia from Cashmere, was pronounced dead on the scene. It appears he was the only person inside the vehicle when it crashed.

According to the report, the victim failed to negotiate a left turn, causing him to leave the roadway. He then struck a speed-limit sign, a culvert, and the vehicle crashed into a rock outcropping before flipping back onto a guardrail at the roadway. The crash caused Stine Hill Road to be closed for about 3 hours. Investigation is ongoing, but excessive speed was said to be a factor in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal case of a vehicle accident. According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are utility poles, trees, and traffic barriers. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.