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Kennewick, Washington – Car Crashes on South Gertrude Street in Police Chase

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Posted on November 10, 2019

Kennewick, Washington (November 8, 2019) – A suspect being chased by police crashed his car on the 16000 block of South Gertrude Street. The suspect, identified as Adrian Sandoval, also sustained an injury after he was bitten on the hand by a K-9 unit, though police have said that the wound was not serious. Police have said he will be booked into Frankilin County Jail for suspicion of eluding.

The chase started on the intersection of South 10th Avenue and West Columbia Street in Pasco. When police attempted to pull Sandoval over, he fled over Cable Bridge and drove down East Finley Road, until Sandoval crashed his vehicle at South Gertrude Street. Police have said that Sanodval did not have any outstanding warrants but he was reported to have been driving under a suspended license.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, car accidents of common cause can be just as dangerous. 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.