Teen killed when SUV hits house during storm

Story Highlights:
One person killed in Lacey SUV accident
Motor vehicle accident caused by speeding
Teen killed in home while sleeping

Date: December 14, 2010, 12/14/2010
Location: Lacey, Thurston County, Washington
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death
Outcome: One dead

A 16-year-old boy was killed around 12:30 am Tuesday morning when an SUV crashed through the wall of his home and into his bedroom where he was sleeping. The tragic accident occured at Ruddel Road SE and 45th Avenue SE in Lacey. According to reports, the driver was speeding and didn't stop at the intersection crashing through a fence and into the mobile home that housed the sleeping teen. His parents were also in the house at the time but they were uninjured.

The driver and their passenger fled the scene on foot. Police used a K9 unit to search for the suspect but were unable to find them. Authorities have confirmed that they do know the name of the driver. The passenger was caught in Thurston County and taken in for questioning.

Neighbors reported that the power was out at the time of the accident and that it could be possible that the driver didn't even see the mobile home at the end of the street. In addition, the mobile home manager had recently complained to the city about the accident-prone area on 45th Avenue SE, stating that many accidents have occurred there and the house next door had been hit three different times.

Washington State Speed Related Fatal Accident Statistics
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. 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%.

Washington State Basic Speeding Law
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.
Basic speed guide:
(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 Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the boy that was lost in this tragic accident and urges them to find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that can get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a terrible and unimaginable loss.

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