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Federal Way, Washington – House Catches on Fire After Being Struck in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on June 17, 2019

Federal Way, Washington  (June 16, 2019) – A house on the intersection of South 304th Street and Military Road South was struck by a car and then caught on fire on early morning Sunday. Fortunately, none of the residents were hurt in the incident. The driver attempted to flee from the scene, but was caught and arrested.

According to the homeowner this is the fourth time that a car has crashed through their fence at the intersection. This crash happened around 3:45 a.m., and the car was said to have come dangerously close to hitting one of the family members. All the members of the family were able to exit the house safely before the fire started. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.

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 errors similar to the situation in this case, 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.

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