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Spokane, Washington – Three People Injured in Head-On Collision, Driver Suspected of DUI

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Posted on March 5, 2020

Spokane, Washington (March 4, 2020) – Three people were injured in a head-on collision where the causing driver is suspected of DUI. According to the article from The Spokesman-Review, a 22 year-old woman from the vehicle that was struck fractured her foot in the incident and will require surgery. A juvenile male from the same vehicle sustained minor injuries. Unfortunately, a dog from the same vehicle had to be put down for its injuries. The causing driver, 39 year-old Brian Pierce was also hospitalized for a significant, non-life-threatening injury.

The incident occurred just after noon. Pierce apparently lost control of his vehicle while making a turn, causing his car to to cross the center line and strike the victims’ car head-on. Pierce also told officers he was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph zone, and officers stated that it was apparent Pierce was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the crash. Pierce was also reported to have been accused of DUI twice before, and he will also face misdemeanor charges for killing a dog.

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.

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