Auburn man hit by car in parking lot

Story Highlights:
One injured in Auburn pedestrian accident
Car vs. pedestrian collision caused by DUI

Date: January 23, 2011, 01/23/2011
Location: Auburn, King/Pierce Counties, Washington
Type: Car accident, Pedestrian accident
Outcome: One injured

A 66-year-old man was loading groceries into his car in an Auburn parking lot when a vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and hit the man.

Authorities found the man lying on the ground and he was taken Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The incident is still under investigation.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
  • For ages 45 to 65, pedestrian crashes are approximately equal for intersections and non-intersections.
  • Pedestrians age 65 and older are more likely to be injured or killed at intersections (59 percent) compared to non-intersections (41 percent).
  • Pedestrian crashes are most prevalent during morning and afternoon peak periods, when the traffic levels are highest.
  • Nearly one-half of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Pedestrian's right of way

The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping, if need be to so yield to any pedestrian, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. See WAC 132S-50-150.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law

Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502.

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a crosswalk or pedestrian accident in Washington state, pedestrian accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping injured pedestrians recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.

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