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Wenatchee, Washington – Car Crashes Into Tree Near Valley Mall

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Posted on September 16, 2019

Wenatchee, Washington (S9eptember 14, 2019) – A driver crashed into a tree on French Street following a chase in the Valley Mall area on Saturday night. The driver did not appear to sustain any injuries and the crash and was still attempting to get away from police after the crash. He was arrested after a deputy deployed a stun gun. The man was the only occupant in the vehicle.

According to the report deputies were in the Valley Mall Parkway around 11 p.m. when they heard revving its engine in the mall parking lot. They found a car speeding through the parking lot at an estimated speed of 60 mph. Deputies attempted to stop the car. The driver attempted to elude their efforts and crashed into a tree at French Street, which was near the north mall parking lot. The suspect was later booked into Chelan County Jail for investigation of attempting to elude police, DUI, operating a vehicle with no ignition interlock device, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident involves criminal elements, accidents of more common causes can result in injuries and fatalities. According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are traffic barriers, utility poles, and similar to this case, trees. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.