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Okanogan County, Washington – One Dead in Rollover Crash at State Route 155

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Posted on December 11, 2019

Okanogan County, Washington (December 7, 2019) – One person died in a single-vehicle rollover crash at near milepost 52 of State Route 155 on Saturday morning. The victim, identified as Joseph R. Gutierrez from Tonasket, was pronounced dead on the scene. He is confirmed to be the only occupant of the car, and was also reported to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, a Colville Tribal police officer discovered the scene of a crash and found the driver was already dead. This crash was reported around 9:40 a.m.  From the investigation done by the Washington State Patrol, the victim’s car left the roadway, struck some rocks and then reentered the roadway, rolling twice in the process.It is unknown what caused the car to leave the roadway in the first place. It is yet to be determined if alcohol or drugs are involved. The crash caused the roadway to be blocked, and alternate routes were set up for travelers.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only car accident that has resulted in a fatality. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad 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.