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Tacoma, Washington – One Injured in Hit and Run

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Posted on April 23, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (April 18, 2019) – A 16 year-old passenger suffered burn injuries after a car collided with the truck she was riding in, causing her takeout pho to spill on her.  The passenger suffered second-degree burns and was taken to the hospital. No other injuries were reported in the incident, and the suspect driver was later arrested.

The victim and a friend ordered takeout pho in the 1800 block of South Mildred Street, which they planned to eat in the truck because they had a dog with them. A car hit the truck, causing the spill, and fled. Later, police saw a suspect that matched the hit an run driver in a nearby restaurant. After a short chase, he was arrested and charged with vehicular assault, failing to remain at an injury accident, unlawful drug possession and driving with a suspended license.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. 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.  Head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate compared to other types of collisions involving vehicles. Our sympathies to all those who have suffered in these vehicle accidents.

The best way to protect one’s self from a dangerous vehicle accident is to take steps to prevent it. We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.