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Spokane, Washington – Two People Hospitalized Following DUI Crash

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Posted on October 29, 2019

Spokane, Washington (October 27, 2019) – Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment after a collision involving a car and a pickup truck on 8th Avenue East and Highway 27 on Sunday night. The truck driver, Pamela K. Grinnell, was charged with driving under the influence for the incident. She and the driver of the other vehicle, identified as Joseph M. Gore, were both taken to Spokane Valley Hospital for treatment, but both are reported to have been released.

Accordign to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident happened just before 10 p.m. on Sunday night. Grinnell was driving west on 8th Avenue East when she failed to stop at Highway 27, causing her to collide with Gore’s vehicle, which was southbound on Highway 27. No road closures have been announced in relation to the incident.

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.