Lynnwood man dies from heart attack while driving

Story Highlights:
One dead in Lynnwood accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by heart attack
No other vehicles involved

Date: April 26, 2011, 04/26/2011
Location: Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A man was found dead in his car after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 near Lynnwood.

While driving on Poplar Way before heading south on northbound Interstate 5 near 196th Street SW, 68-year-old James M. Agee died of a heart attack. His car traveled over 150 feet before going off the shoulder. The collision was reported around 8:45 p.m.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident but medical examiner's confirmed that Agee died of natural causes. No other vehicle were involved.

Lynnwood Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 4
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Fatal Car Accident Statistics
Fatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.
 A majority of fatalities occurred between July and September from 1997 to 2006 (30.7%). The single month with the highest number of fatalities was July with 10.9%, while the month with the lowest number of fatalities was February with 6.5%.
From 1997 to 2006, 59% of fatal traffic collisions were single-vehicle involved. In addition, 44.7% of those single-vehicle collisions were impaired-driver-involved.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group send out their most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of James M. Agee and wish them strength during this trying and terrible time. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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