Injured Man Hospitalized after Collision with Stolen Car

A high speed chase that started Saturday in Tacoma and ended in South Seattle when the driver crashed into a newspaper delivery van.

The crash reportedly occurred at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Myrtle Street. A Seattle Times employee was delivery morning papers when a 25 year old woman in a stolen Honda Civic ran a red light and crashed into his van while he was on the job.

State Patrol joined the chase to stop the stolen Honda in Federal Way the woman escaped and continued on to South Seattle. “She got to MLK Way and started running red lights,” said Stacy Moate with the Washington State Patrol.

Innocent Driver Hospitalized for Injuries

The man in the delivery van was taken to the hospital immediately after the crash because he suffered from broken ribs and neck pain. The woman in the stolen vehicle had to be extracted from her car because it caught fire due to the impact. Police are investigating the cause of the theft and crash. 

The State Troopers that were following the stolen vehicle had to take into account the public’s safety as well as getting the driver into custody. When following the Honda Civic they had to keep somewhat of a distance so they wouldn’t hit any cars on the road. Troopers decided to stay on the chase even though it was dangerous for everyone on the road.

The law here is the actions of the owner of the stolen vehicle and if they created a situation that allowed the thief easy access to the instrument that caused the damage namely by the car. In most cases, the court may find that the percentage of the blame will be shared by the owner of the car and the thief, fifty fifty. Investigators are looking into the initial scene of the stolen vehicle.

Insurance Policies: Comprehensive vs. Collision Coverage

Comprehensive and collision coverage pay to repair or replace your vehicle if it is stolen or damaged in an accident, regardless of who is at fault. For each coverage you select a deductible that you pay out of pocket. Your insurance company pays for the remaining damage up to the limits you select.

Collision coverage is when your insurance company pays for damage to your automobile when you collide with another vehicle or object. If you hit a car, pole or another nonliving object your collision coverage will apply. With comprehensive coverage, your insurance company pays for the damage to your automobile caused by an event other than a collision such as a fire, theft or vandalism. In this scenario, comprehensive insurance will come into effect.

Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.
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