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Snoqualmie, Washington – One Person Critically Injured After Getting Struck in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on March 2, 2020

Snoqualmie, Washington (February 27, 2020) – One person is in critical condition after being struck in a hit-and-run collision that occurred on the eastbound lanes of State Route 18 on Thursday night. According to the article from KOMO News, the driver of a disabled vehicle was possibly flagging down traffic for help when he was struck by a white car. The victim was later taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers received a report about the incident around 11:45 p.m. According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, the victim’s car had become disabled in the gap between the eastbound lanes of the State Route 18 and the off-ramp to Interstate-90. The hit and run driver continues to be on the run.

About Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately, as shown in this case, pedestrians are at also risk while on the streets, with the National Center for Health Statistics estimating 7, 450  pedestrian deaths in 2017. Pedestrian accidents can fall under traffic or non-traffic depending on the location where they were struck. Traffic incidents happen on public roads, while non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic areas such as driveways, parking lots and other private property. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban settings, on urban roads (72%) versus on intersections (18%), and mostly at night. Much like motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents can happen simply because people are not as visible as other vehicles, a problem which is worse during night. And in an event of a car crash, similar to motorcycle drivers and passengers, the risk to pedestrians are greater than those inside a car, with fatality rate being 1.5 times greater than any car passenger.When it comes to risk, older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired drivers or pedestrians are at most risk in pedestrian accidents. The risk is further heightened in a situation where a vehicle is at high speed. Lately, distractions also cause accidents not only for drivers, but also pedestrians, specifically those who are using their phones while crossing the road. We urge everyone to exercise area awareness at all times and to keep their attention on the road. Avoiding accidents not only prevents loss, damage, injuries and death to one’s self, but also on other people in the surroundings.