One dead in wrong-way collision on I-90

Story Highlights:
One dead in Spokane Valley car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI wrong-way driver
Eastbound lanes of I-90 blocked for several hours



Date: March 25, 2011, 03/25/2011
Location: Spokane Valley, Spokane County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision, Car accident
Outcome: One dead

Around 3 a.m. Friday morning, one person was killed in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley.

Washington State Patrol reported that one car was going west in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near the Barker Road exit when it collided with another vehicle.

Both drivers were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where 27-year-old Kenneth J. Hardin later died.

A third car hit the wreckage but the driver was uninjured.

The eastbound lanes of I-90 were re-opened around 8 a.m.

Washington State Patrol is still investigating the accident but alcohol is believed to be the causing factor.

2009 Spokane Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 15
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 21
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 4
Fatalities: 15
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 33
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 7

Washington State Wrong-way Driving Accident Statistics
Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes.
In the four-county area of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties—136 wrong-way crashes between 1997 and 2000 resulted in 81 injuries and 9 fatalities.
On average about 350 people are killed each year nationwide in wrong-way freeway crashes, according to an analysis using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System. From 1996 through 2000, 1,753 people died in wrong-way crashes on the Nation's freeways. Thousands more are injured.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502.

Seattle Wrongful Death and Car Accident Injury Attorneys

Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group send out their most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth J. Hardin and strongly advise them to find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will get them the compensation they deserve for experiencing such a tragic loss.If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle automobile 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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