Pregnant woman struck and killed in Chelan

Date: May 27, 2011, 05/27/2011
Location: Lake Chelan, Chelan County, Washington
Type: Pedestrian accident
Outcome: One dead

A pregnant woman was struck and killed in Chelan on Friday afternoon.

Just before noon, a women was walking along the southbound shoulder of Highway 97A when she was struck by 69-year-old John D. Batjer when his Volvo station wagon veered onto the shoulder and slammed into the guardrail.

The women was pronounced dead at the scene. Batjer had fallen asleep at the wheel when his car crossed the centerline. He and his passenger, a 65-year-old woman, were not injured.

The victim was pregnant with her third child. Charges are pending for Batjer.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
• Pedestrian Deaths in 1995: 5,584
• Pedestrian Deaths in 2005: 4,881 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
• Pedestrian Injuries in 1995: 86,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
• Pedestrian Injuries in 2005: 64,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
• According to the National SAFEKIDS Campaign, more than 46,000 children are injured each year in pedestrian accidents
• The total cost of pedestrian death and injury among children ages 14 and younger is $5.2 billion per year (Safe Kids Worldwide).
• 70 percent of pedestrian killed in 2005 were males.
• Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (74 percent).
• The top four states for pedestrian fatalities are California, Florida, Texas, and New York. These four states make up 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide while only accounting for 29 percent of the total traffic fatalities across the country.
• Nearly half (48 percent) of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Falling Asleep At the Wheel Statistics
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off or were too tired to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Lisa D. Palmer 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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