Shoreline, Washington - Police Chase Ends With Collision
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Shoreline, Washington – Police Chase Ends With Collision

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Posted on May 20, 2019

Shoreline, Washington (May 17, 2019) – A police chase in Shoreline ended after an officer rammed a suspect’s car near the intersection of North 175th Street and Meridian Avenue North. No other car was reported to have been involved and there were no reports of injuries from the incident.

The incident began with the victim meeting up with a potential buyer around 1 p.m. While the transaction was ongoing at the 19800 block of Ashworth Avenue North, the buyer tried to rob the victim, and deputies responded to the scene. After the chase, officers had to use a Taser to get the man into custody. The incident brefly closed down the lanes in the area but has since been reopened.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this accident is brought about by a criminal element, we would also like to say a few reminders abou vehicle safety. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. 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. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.