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Snohomish, Washington – Two State Patrol Vehicles Rammed By Suspect’s Pickup Truck During Chase

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Posted on February 13, 2020

Snohomish, Washington (February 12, 2020) – Two vehicles of the Washington State Patrol were rammed by a fleeing suspect during an early Wednesday morning chase. According to the article from KOMO News, when troopers closed in on the suspect at the intersection of Avenue A and 13th Street, the suspect rammed two vehicles before turning to flee south on Avenue A. Fortunately no troopers were injured in the incident. The suspect’s vehicle was later found abandoned and she remains at large.

The incident started in Bothell around 1:35 a.m. when an officer attempted to pull over the suspect. However, the suspect fled and led police on a chase at Interstate 405 at increasing speeds. When the suspect turned onto State Route 9, troopers from the Washington State Patrol picked up the chase. The chase went into the city of Snohomish, where the woman ended up ramming the troopers’ vehicles at the intersection. This time, troopers were able to shred all the tires of her vehicle with a spike trip before she fled, and the woman’s abandoned truck was later found at the 700 block of Avenue A. No suspect description has been given yet.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, it is important to note that accidents of other causes can also result in damage or injuries. 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.