One dead, more injured in fiery Lacey crash

Story Highlights:
One dead in Lacey car accident
Two-car collision caused by reckless driving



Date: March 9, 2011, 03/09/2011
Location: Lacey, Thurston County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

One person was killed and two people were injured in a fiery two-car collision in Lacey on Wednesday.

While driving on Carpenter Road Southeast, two SUV's were traveling in opposite directions. One of the vehicles, a Chevy Blazer, crossed the center line and crashed head on into the other SUV. According to witnesses and Lacey Police Cmdr. Joe Upton, the Chevy Blazer had been driving recklessly by running a stop sign and then passing a school bus on the right shoulder before losing control.

The impact of the accident caused the Blazer to spin off the road where it immediately caught fire.

According to police, there were three passengers in the Blazer. One of them, 25-year-old Anja Thompson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where she later died of severe injuries. The driver and the other passenger were also airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

The driver of the other SUV was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital. All medical conditions, except Thompson's were not released.

According to authorities, there was no evidence that the driver of the Blazer was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Lacey Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 2
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 2
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 3
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Speeding Law

No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care. See RCW 46.61.400 for more information.

Obedience to traffic control devices
The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group send out their heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Anja Thompson. This tragic accident should never have happened. The family would be well advised to find a good wrongful death attorney. The Davis Law Group understands the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident and 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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