- One dead in Eatonville accident
- Motor vehicle collision cause unknown
- Road closed for over four hours
Date: August 30, 2011, 08/30/2011
Location: Eatonville, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead
One person was killed in a collision near Eatonville on Tuesday morning.
Around 1:45 a.m. a 55-year-old man was driving northbound on State Route 161 near 388th Street East when his truck drifted onto the shoulder, left the road and crashed into a tree.
The driver was killed in the collision. Washington State Patrol reported that he was not wearing a seat belt. It is not known if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Eatonville Fatal Accident Statistics
- Fatal accident count: 3
- Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 4
- Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
- Fatalities: 3
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 10
- Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0
Washington State Fatal Accident StatisticsFatalities 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. Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.