Six people injured in Pomeroy collision

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Six injured in Pomeroy car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding

Date: April 2, 2011, 04/02/2011
Location: Pomeroy, Garfield County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

On Saturday night, six people were injured in a two-car collision near Pomeroy.

While heading westbound on Highway 12 around 7 p.m., 30-year-old Daniel J. Strand was driving three other people, two 15-year-old women and one 26-year-old male, when he lost control of his car and swerved into the eastbound lane, hitting another vehicle carrying two people.

Strand and his three passengers were taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. The other driver that was hit, 63-year-old Jack D. Mittendorf and his passenger 65-year-old Sharon L. Mittendorf were also taken to the same Lewiston hospital.

Both cars were totaled and Washington State Patrol said the cause of the accident was speeding. No citations have yet been reported.

Washington State Speed-related Accident Statistics
  • In the 21-30 year-old age group, males represent 83.7% of the deaths.
  • Overall, 21-30 year-olds comprise 28.5% of speed-related deaths, followed by 15-20 year olds with 24.3%.
  • 15-20 year-olds had the highest speed-related fatality rate from 1997 to 2006, with 11.28 deaths per 100,000 population. 21-30 year-olds had the second highest rate of 8.42. Persons age 61 and older and 0-14 year-olds had the lowest speed-related fatality rates, ranging from .71 to 2.56.
  • A total of 68% of speed-related collisions were single-vehicle, compared to 64% of impaired-driver-involved collisions, and 59% of overall collisions.
  • Native Americans also had the highest speed-related fatality rate, with 13.17 deaths per 100,000 population, followed by Hispanics with 6.49. The Native American rate was 3 times higher than the respective rate for Whites, and 5 times higher than the respective rate for Asian/Pacific Islanders.
  • More speed-related deaths occurred during the nighttime hours (6 PM-5:59 AM). The time period with the largest percentage of deaths was 10 PM to 1:59 AM, with 27.3% of the total.
  •  The nighttime speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled was 5-8 times higher than the daytime rate from 1997 to 2006.

Washington State Basic Rule and Maximum Speed Limits
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. Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed, the limits specified in this section or established as hereinafter authorized shall be maximum lawful speeds, and no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed in excess of such maximum limits.
(a) Twenty-five miles per hour on city and town streets;
(b) Fifty miles per hour on county roads;
(c) Sixty miles per hour on state highways.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
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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