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Spokane, Washington – Two People Injured in Suspected DUI Crash

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Posted on February 5, 2020

Spokane, Washington (February 2, 2020) – Two people were injured after being struck in a suspected DUI crash at the Spokane International Airport’s baggage loading area on Sunday night. According to the report from The Spokesman-Review, the victim’s car was in the loading area when a car driven by David W. Bergstrom crashed into them. The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the information from the Spokane Police Department, the incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. From witness reports Bergstrom was speeding in the area when he struck the couple, and his car continued into a pylon beyond the loading zone. Bystanders came together to assist the victims and their unhurt relatives. Spokane Police were called onto the scene to arrest Bergstrom and conduct investigation. Bergstrom was reported to be in court on Monday, and as of Monday afternoon has been released from jail without having to post bond.

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.