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Renton, Washinton – 2 Injured in Car Crash

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Posted on March 22, 2019

Renton, Washinton (March 14, 2019) – A suspect driving a stolen Silver Toyota collided with a Subaru at 17200 Benson Drive South in the Cascade-Fairwood area. The driver of the stolen vehicle, a woman around 20 years old, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the other car sustained minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

A Renton police officer first noticed the car and its driver in the 300 block of Rainier Avenue. The suspect appeared to be wearing a ski mask, and when the officer ran the license plate number of the Toyota, it came back stolen. The officer then followed the vehicle and caught up with the stolen car at Grady Way and Talbot, but the driver of the stolen car took off at high speed when the officer initiated a traffic stop. The officer followed at normal speeds until the crash happened. The investigation closed all northbound lanes of Benson.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash.  Additionally, as was shown in this article, head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate.

We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.