Wapato, Washington - Man Dies from Injuries From Car Accident, Two Others Hospitalized
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Wapato, Washington – Man Dies from Injuries From Car Accident, Two Others Hospitalized

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Posted on September 10, 2019

Wapato, Washington (September 2, 2019) – A man died from his injuries sustained in a car accident on Kays Road. The man, identified as Alredo R. Hernandez-Arriaga, died on September 7. A driver and a passenger from the car involved in the collision also sustained injuries and were taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital. There has been no further word regarding their condition.

According to the report, Arriaga was driving east on Kays Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign, causing him to collide with another car. The collision also caused Arriaga’s vehicle to roll onto its top and fall into a canal, half-submerging the vehicle. Locals in the area pulled Arriaga from his vehicle and gave him CPR, and he was later taken to Astra Regional Hospital.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of a car accident where a fatality and injuries are involved. 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. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. 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. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.