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Richland, Washington – Three People Hospitalized after Crash Involving DUI Driver

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Posted on January 17, 2020

Richland, Washington (January 15, 2020) – Three people were reported to have been injured in a crash involving a DUI driver on Duportail Street and State Route 240 on Wednesday night. According to the report from KEPR News, the causing driver, Abraham Carrillopolanco, attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody and later transported to a hospital. The driver of the other car, Shalee Rottinghaus, and a passenger, Ana Arellanootero, were also taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

According to the report the incident occurred around 11:11 p.m. when Carrillopolanco crashed into another car stopped at the red light at the intersection. The Washington State Patrol confirmed that Carrillopolanco was driving under the influence at the time of the incident. Charges against him are said to be pending.

About Vehicle Accidents

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.