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Port Orchard, Washington – Man Dies From Injuries Sustained in Two-Vehicle Collision

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Posted on September 25, 2019

Port Orchard, Washington (September 20, 2019) – A man passed away from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 3 near Division Avenue in Gorst on Wednesday, September 18. The man, identified as Daniel E. Erickson from Longbranch, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following the accident, but was reported to have passed away on Friday. The driver of the other vehicle was not reported to be injured in the collision.

The accident happened around 11 p.m., when a pickup truck being driven by a Bremerton woman crossed the center line on Highway 3, causing her to collide with Erickson’s vehicle. The cause of the the crash has not been reported, but the report has stated that the Bremerton woman is suspected of being impaired during the time of the accident.

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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.