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Newport, Washington – One Dead, One Injured in Rollover Crash, Driver Intoxicated

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Posted on June 19, 2019

Spokane, Washington (June 17, 2019) – One woman was killed and the driver injured in a rollover crash at near mile marker 8 of Bead lake Road on Monday. The victim, identified as Hannah E. Dunn, was pronounced dead on the scene. It is currently unknown if she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver, who was also her husband, Nelson Dunn, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The crash happened on Monday afternoon. The couple were returning from a camping trip in the area. according to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Nelson Dunn drover over an embankment, causing the car to roll down 300 feet. According to the report, Nelson Dunn showed clear signs of intoxication, and has been charged with vehicular homicide. The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are both conducting investigation.

About Car 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.