Yakima, Washington – Car Crashes Into Home, Injures Resident

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 9:58 am    

Yakima, Washington (April 14, 2020) – An impaired driver crashed into a home while making a left turn onto South 44th Avenue, injuring the resident inside. According to the article from KIMA News, the resident sustained back and neck injuries after being thrown from their chair in the crash. The patient was taken to a hospital for treatment of possible concussion. The driver, identified as 23 year-old Ponce Velasco, attempted to flee the scene on foot but was arrested.

The incident started when an officer noticed gray Nissan Murano going at speeds of at least 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, on northbound South 36th Avenue. The officer followed the vehicle for several blocks and eventually pulled the the vehicle over into a parking lot at the 4007 block of Tieton Drive. However, Ponce-Velasco sped out of the parking lot, but eventually crashed into a home while making a left turn onto South 44th Avenue. The vehicle ended up partially inside the house from the collision. Ponce-Velasco was arrested for DUI, eluding, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license among others.

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.

If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.

Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.

Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.

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