One dead, three injured in wrong-way collision on I-90

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One dead, three injured in Spokane accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by driving wrong-way



Date: April 24, 2011, 04/24/2011
Location: Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead, three injured

One person was killed and three were injured in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 90 near Spokane on Sunday night.

A little before 9 p.m. 73-year-old William Ainsworth entered westbound I-90 going the wrong way with his head lights off. He collided head-on with another vehicle driven by 19-year-old Jessica Sharpe.

A third car, driving by 35-year-old Jackie Borup hit Sharpe's car shortly after the collision, injuring herself and her nine-year-old daughter that was with her.

Ainsworth was killed instantly. Sharpe was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center then transferred to Harborview Medical center in serious condition. Borup and her daugher were both injured and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

All westbound lanes of I-90 were closed for more than three hours while the scene was investigated and cleared. Washington State Patrol is still investigating the crash.


Spokane Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
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 Fatal Car Accident Statistics

Traffic fatalities in Washington State continue to decrease over time. In 1986, Washington had 714 traffic deaths; 10 years later, in 1996, the state incurred a total of 712, a mere 0.3% decrease. In 2004, Washington experienced an all-time low of 567 deaths, and then an increase to 649 in 2005. However, in 2006, there were 633 traffic deaths, a 2.5% decrease from 2005, and an 11.1% decrease from 1996. The average number of traffic deaths per year from 1997 to 2001 was 650.6, and from 2002 to 2006 was 621.4, a 4.5% decrease.

Similarly, the traffic fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled has also been decreasing. Over the last several years, the statewide vehicle-miles-traveled have also been decreasing; however, Washington’s rate remains well below the national average. If we continue along the same trend line, we would expect 368 traffic deaths in the year 2030. The average fatality rate from 1997 to 2001 was 1.24 and from 2002 to 2006 was 1.12, a 9.7% decrease. Overall, the fatality rate has decreased by 42.9% since 1986, and by 15.2% since 1997. The average fatality rate between 1997 to 2006 was 1.18.

Seattle Car Accident Victims Attorney
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of William Ainsworth and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve from their insurance company for suffering such a tragic loss. A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object. These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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