Driver killed after hitting DOT truck on SR 16

Story Highlights:
One dead in University Place car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by suspected DUI
Driver passed away 3 days after accident



Date: March 4, 2011, 03/04/2011
Location: University Place, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Car Accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

While driving on State Route 16 near Interstate 5 in University Place around 11:30 p.m. on Friday Nicholas E. J. Turner crashed his car into the rear of a Department of Transportation vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the highway.

Turner was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries but his passenger, a 23-year-old male, suffered only minor injuries. The 54-year-old DOT driver was not injured.

It was reported on Monday afternoon that Turner had passed away from his injuries.

Authorities believe that alcohol could have been a factor in the crash, but it was also reported that Turner was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics
In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes.

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.

Washington State Seat Belt Law
Every person sixteen years of age or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle shall wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. All passengers shall wear seat belts, and children should be properly secured in the appropriate car or booster seats.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Nicholas E. J. Turner and hope they can find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.

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