Date: October 30, 2011, 10/30/2011
Location: Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington
Type: Car accident
Outcome: One injured
One person was injured in a collision near Ellensburg on Sunday afternoon.
Just after 1:30 p.m. a teenage male was driving on Venture Road when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed near Brick Mill Road. He was ejected in the collision and suffered a serious head injury.
The driver was taken to the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and deemed that speeding and a possible front spare tire caused the collision.
Washington State Speed-Related Accident Statistics
- Speeding-related fatalities have been increasing over the past ten years. The number of speed-related deaths from 1997 to 2001 was 237.8, while the average from 2002 to 2006 was 244, a 2.6% increase.
- In 2006, Washington experienced the second highest number of speed-related fatalities since 1997, with 253, second only to 2002’s number of 260.
- The speed-related fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled has decreased slightly, from .47 in 1997 to .45 in 2006, a 4.3% decrease.
- 59.6% of all speed-related deaths occurred on rural roads- for vehicle-occupants alone the percentage was 62.3%. However, a larger majority of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roads, with 57.5%.
- On average, from 1997 to 2006, the speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled on rural roads was 2-4 times higher than the respective urban road rate. Rural county roads experienced the largest percentage of speed-related deaths, with 30.7%, followed by rural highways, with 20%, and urban city streets, with 19.6%.