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Toppenish, Washington – One Dead, One Hospitalized in Rollover Crash

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Posted on April 23, 2019

Toppenish, Washington (April 22, 2019) – The driver of a car was hospitalized and a woman passenger killed after their car crashed shortly after 1 a.m. on early Monday morning at LaRue Road on US-97. The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver was sent to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima.

The two were heading north when the car rolled off the road, and according to the Washington State Patrol neither of the victims were wearing seat belts. The WSP believes drugs or alcohol may be involved in the accident, but the cause is still under investigation.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victims. Unfortunately, car 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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. As was the situation in this accident, be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad 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.