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Kent, Washington – One Person Killed, Two Other Hospitalized in Hit and Run

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Posted on July 2, 2019

Kent, Washington (June 30, 2019) – One person was reported deceased and two others were hospitalized in a crash involving two vehicles on the 9700 block of Canyon Drive late Sunday. None of the victims’ identities has been released.

According to witness reports, the crash involved two vehicles, a red car and a silver car. The two collided head-on, and the occupants of the silver car fled the scene on foot. Witnesses also assisted the two occupants of the red car, and they were later taken to a hospital. The silver car burst into flames due to the crash, and Puget Sound Fire responded to douse the fire as well as give aid. When the fire was extinguished a deceased victim was found in the silver car. In initial investigations, the silver car had been driving east in the westbound lanes when the crash occurred. The area was searched by police, but no suspects have been found.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatal collision. 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.