One dead in Kennewick construction accident

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One dead in Kennewick accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown



Date: July 9, 2011
Location: Kennewick, Benton county, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

One person was killed in a motor vehicle collision in Kennewick on Saturday.


While working on a construction site on North 395, around 10:30 p.m. 51-year-old Brian Lacy was struck and killed when a dump truck backed into him.

Benton County Coroner reported that Lacy suffered blunt force trauma to the head and upper body and was killed on impact.

Washington State Patrol is unsure what caused the accident, but believe that Lacy didn't hear the warning beeps that indicated that the truck was backing up, due to the surrounding construction noise.

So far no charges have been filed against the driver of the truck, 48-year-old Thomas Austin. WSP reports that investigation is still active and ongoing.

Washington State Fatal 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 Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Brian Lacy and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. 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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