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Oakville, Washington – One Dead, One Hospitalized in Truck Crash at Capital Forest Road

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Posted on October 22, 2019

Oakville, Washington (October 20, 2019) – One person died and another required hospitalization following a truck crash that happened on Capital Forest Road half a mile north of State Route 12 on Sunday. A woman who was a passenger in the truck reported to have died on the scene. The driver, a 25 year-old man from Elma, was taken to Saint Peters Hospital. There has been no word given regarding his current condition.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident happened around 9 p.m. on Sunday night. The truck was going north on Capital Forest Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to exit the road. The truck went down an embankment and collided with a tree. Investigation is still ongoing, but drugs or alcohol are suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case where a fatality is involved. 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.