Two injured in Cle Elum DUI collision

Story Highlights:
Two injured in Cle Elum accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI



Date: June 15, 2011, 06/15/2011
Location: Cle Elum, Kittitas County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured

Two people were injured in a DUI collision in Cle Elum on Wednesday.


Around 9 p.m. 22-year-old Gregory T. Karlin was heading west on Interstate 90 when he left the roadway, drove through a fence, and struck a semi truck that was parked at the Indian John Hill rest area.

Karlin suffered facial lacerations and was taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. His 20-year-old passenger Shelby D. Niemela sustained head and internal injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and remains in critical condition. The driver of the semi truck, 66-year-old Ronald G. Humbach was not injured.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and has concluded that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Charges are pending.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions.  One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher.  In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. 
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.

Driving Under the Influence (RCW 46.61.502)
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug;
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Victim Attorneys
We Only Represent Victims of Drunk Drivers. Not DUI Offenders. In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.  In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes.In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving crash Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers th at will fight for the highest possible compensation for you.

Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment