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Ellensburg, Washington – One Person Dead, Two People Injured in Rollover Crash

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Posted on January 29, 2020

Ellensburg, Washington  (January 27, 2020) – One person died and three others were injured in a rollover crash on eastbound Interstate 90 on early Monday morning. According to the article from KIMA News, 23 year-old Karen Calderon-Diaz was ejected from the back seat during the crash. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center but was later pronounced dead. Two other people in the car, 18 year-old Jovany Calderon-Diaz and 48 year-old Maria Calderon were taken to Harborview Medical Center, but their conditions were not given. The driver, 48 year-old Alfredo-Calderon Diaz, was not reported to be injured or hospitalized.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, Alfredo-Calderon Diaz was heading east on the Interstate 90 when the vehicle left the road. Calderon-Diaz then over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll over. Further reports stated that Karen Calderon-Diaz was not wearing a seat belt and she was ejected when the car rolled over. The driver is facing charges of driving too fast for the road conditions.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.