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Lynnwood, Washington – Car Crashes Into Gas Station at Highway 99

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Posted on May 3, 2020

Lynnwood, Washington (May 1, 2020) – A car crashed into the 7 Eleven gas station at the 16800 block of Highway 99 on Friday evening. According to the article from KOMO News, the car missed striking a customer at the counter, and when police tracked down the vehicle the driver had already fled. Fortunately no injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Lynnwood Police Department, following the crash a witness followed the causing driver to 17600 block of Highway 99. Officers were able to recover the suspect’s car but the driver remains on the run. Police suspect the driver of DUI.

About Vehicle Accidents

From data gathered on car crashes into buildings, the cause was usually operator error or pedal error. For operator errors, drivers usually accelerated or were at high speeds, or were in the wrong gear. Pedal error means that drivers stepped on the gas when they meant to step on the brake. Other, smaller factors for crashing into buildings are situation-based, such as driving under influence, traffic accidents, weather conditions or medical emergencies. A very small percentage are for people who intentionally ram buildings to commit theft. From these causes, lack of control is a common feature.

Because of the crash site, the threat of injuries applies not only to the occupants of the car but also people inside the building. For drivers, there is also the risk of building materials falling into or piercing into the vehicle. Apart from human injuries, damage can also be done to either the car or the struck building, and in the case of the latter the building might have to be reviewed by engineers for safety. As always, we urge everyone to drive with caution and practice safe driving wherever you go. Doing so minimizes damage and injuries you can inflict not only on yourself, but on others as well. If you have however become a victim of a vehicle accident of any sort, we extend our sympathies and compassion.