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Grandview, Washington – Two People Injured in Suspected DUI Collision

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Posted on January 19, 2020

Grandview, Washington (January 11, 2020) – Two people were injured in a suspected DUI collision on eastbound Interstate 82 less of a mile east of Grandview just after midnight. According to the report from the, two people from the vehicle that had been truck were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. The driver, Belisario Salas-Martinez, was reported to be in satisfactory condition, while a passenger, Rosa E. Lua-Birrueta, was treated and released. The causing driver, Mario A. Garcia-Bueno, was unhurt in the incident.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, Garcia-Bueno was heading east on the Interstate 82 around 12:20 a.m. when he struck another vehicle. This caused the other car to crash into a guardrail and roll over, injuring the victims.  The Washington State patrol has determined that intoxicants were a factor in the accident and it is expected that Garcia-Bueno will be cited for driving under the influence.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and 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. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.