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Kittitas, Washington – One Person Dead in Car Crash

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Posted on July 18, 2019

Kittitas, Washington (July 16, 2019) – One person was killed in a car crash off eastbound Interstate 90 on early Tuesday morning. The victim, identified as Virginia Baker, was pronounced dead on the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the victim was driving east around 2 a.m. on early Tuesday morning. The circumstances leading up to the crash has not been detailed, but at one point the victim’s car went off the roadway, crashing through DOT fencing and sliding down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels. The Washington State patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

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 vehicle accident. 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 accidents 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.