Two injured in Cathlamet car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by reckless passing
Possible charges pending against at-fault driver
Date: March 8, 2011, 03/08/2011
Location: Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured
Around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, two people were injured in a two-car collision on State Route 4 near Cathlamet.
Jacob C. White, 20, was driving eastbound in a Chevrolet Lumina and passed a car in a no-passing zone, hit a guardrail then slid sideways. William Hansell, 33, who was driving a Ford Ranger, was unable to avoid a collision and struck the passenger side of White's vehicle.
White was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment and was released the next day. A passenger in his car, 21-year-old Lauren Stover was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center but was later released. Hansell was uninjured.
All three people involved in collision were wearing their seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the cause of the crash. Possible charges are pending against White.
National Car Accident Statistics
- There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.
- A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people. The leading cause of death for individuals between 2 and 34 years old is motor vehicle crashes.
- Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.
- Over 25% of all drivers were involved in an auto accident in a five-year period.
- Excessive speed is the second most common cause of deadly auto accidents, which accounts for about 30% of fatal accidents.
- Car crashes cost each American more than $1,000 a year; $164.2 billion is the total cost each year across the United States.
The state department of transportation and the local authorities are authorized to determine those portions of any highway under their respective jurisdictions where overtaking and passing or driving to the left of the roadway would be especially hazardous and may by appropriate signs or markings on the roadway indicate the beginning and end of such zones. When such signs or markings are in place and clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person every driver of a vehicle shall obey the directions thereof. See RCW 46.61.130 for more information.
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