Five injured in Sunnyside DUI collision

Story Highlights:
Five injured in Sunnyside accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by suspected DUI
Three teenagers are among the injured

Date: June 1, 2011, 06/01/2011
Location: Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Five injured

Five people, including three teenagers, were injured in a DUI collision near Sunnyside on Wednesday.

Details of the collision were not fully reported but according to Washington State Patrol, a 2003 Dodge Caravan crashed and rolled while driving on Bethany Road around 6:30 p.m. Witnesses reported that the vehicle was drifting in and out of the lane, swerving several times before leaving the roadway.

Among the injured are 20-year-old Angel M. Mendez and 21-year-old Isais Avalos. Three teenagers, all aged 17, were also injured but their names were withheld.

Washington State Patrol believes that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash but the accident is till currently under investigation.

Sunnyside Fatal Accident Statistics for 2007
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 0
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or (b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug;  (c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
  • In 2008, an estimated 12.4% of persons ages 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year. The rate was highest among persons ages 21-25 (26.1%).
  • In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds.
  • In 2007, 19% of the fatalities in the U.S. were related to young-driver crashes.
  • Fifty-six percent (56%) of the fatal crashes and 57% of the fatalities involving young drivers occurred on rural roadways.
  • Speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal crashes.
  • In 2007, 64% of young drivers in passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were not wearing a safety belt.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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