Date: August 25, 2011, 08/25/2011
Location: Ritzville, Adams County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead
A teenager was killed in a collision near Ritzville on Sunday afternoon.
Just before 3 p.m. while heading westbound on Interstate 90, the left back tire of a vehicle carrying five people blew, causing the vehicle to roll over onto the shoulder. One 17-year-old passenger died at the scene of the crash. The driver, a 44-year-old woman, and her three other passengers, all under the age of 15, were not reported as injured.
The 17-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. No other information has been released. Washington State Patrol is investigating.
Washington State Fatal Accident StatisticsFatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.
A majority of fatalities occurred between July and September from 1997 to 2006 (30.7%). The single month with the highest number of fatalities was July with 10.9%, while the month with the lowest number of fatalities was February with 6.5%. From 1997 to 2006, 59% of fatal traffic collisions were single-vehicle involved. In addition, 44.7% of those single-vehicle collisions were impaired-driver-involved. Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.