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Pasco, Washington – Truck Crashes Into Pole, Driver Suspected of DUI

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Posted on January 2, 2020

Pasco, Washington (January 1, 2020) – The driver of a pickup truck was arrested for crashing into a pole and continuing to drive the vehicle with only three wheels for 16 blocks. The driver, identified as Amymechele Claborn from Kennewick, was not reported to be injured in the crash and has been taken into custody. No other vehicles appear to be involved and no other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report from KEPR News, the incident occurred just after midnight on January 1. Claborn was reported to have crashed into a utility pole on West A Street and South 12th Avenue. This damaged her truck, tearing off one of the front wheels. Despite this, Claborn continued driving,  and witness called police after seeing the vehicle creating sparks while driving without a front wheel. Claborn was reported to have eventually stopped at the intersection of  A Street and 28th Avenue. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit and run.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are traffic barriers, trees, and similar to this case, utility poles. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.