Officer injured in White Swan collision

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Date: October 28, 2011, 10/28/2011
Location: White Swan, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Car accident
Outcome: One injured

A tribal officer was injured in a collision near White Swan on Friday night.

Around 10:10 p.m. a 25-year-old Yakima officer was responding to an aid call when he collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Singal Peak and Fort Extension roads.

The officer was treated for minor injuries at Toppenish Community Hospital and later released.

The other driver, a 50-year-old woman, was treated at the scene and was ctied for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.(RCW 46.61.190)

Preferential right-of-way may be indicated by stop signs or yield signs except when directed to proceed by a duly authorized flagger, or a police officer, or a firefighter vested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the roadway, and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.

National Car Accident Statistics

  •     There were more than 5.5 million car accidents in the United States.
  •     Nearly 31,000 were fatal, and more than 2 million people were injured.
  •     The majority of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle (61 percent).
  •     Nearly half of all fatal crashes occurred on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
  •     The deadliest month for car crashes was August.
  •     More than 2,864 fatal crashes occurred in 2009.
  •     Most crashes happened between 5 and 5:59 p.m. on weekdays, and between 2 and 2:59 a.m. on weekends.
  •     Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children and teenagers.
  •     At any given moment, 812,000 vehicles were being driven by someone using a handheld cell phone in the U.S. Averages of four children ages 14 and under were killed every day in auto accidents.
  •     Nearly 500 were injured daily.
  •     32 percent of fatal accidents involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
  •      About 31 percent of fatalities were caused by speeding (10,591).

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