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Federal Way, Washington – One Person Sustains Minor Injuries in Hit-and-Run Collision on Interstate 5

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Posted on November 27, 2019

Federal Way, Washington (November 22, 2019) – A woman sustained minor injuries after a truck collided with her car on southbound Interstate 5 on Friday night. The victim, Stephanie Killpatrick sustained bruises to her arms and abdomen in addition to a black eye after the airbags of her car activated. The semi truck which caused the collision continued driving and was followed by a witness, but unfortunately was lost near Fife.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. near Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. According to the victim the truck hit the left rear side of her car, causing her vehicle to spin. The crash also totaled the victim’s vehicle. Killpatrick was unable to see the vehicle which caused the collision, but a witness reported that it was a green Freightliner semi truck without a trailer. Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact the Washington State Patrol.

About Vehicle Accidents

In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.