Two people were injured in Okanogan crash

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Two injured in Okanogan accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown



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

Two people were injured in a collision on Highway 97 near Okanogan on Wednesday.


Around 4:30 p.m. 81-year-old Cecil R. Hurlbert was headed west on Cameron Lake Road when he collided with a southbound vehicle. Hurlberts car continued over an embankment before coming to a stop.

The other driver, 27-year-old Euedelia Garcia was not injured, but her passenger, 66-year-old Paula Hernandez-Vejarsuffered neck and rib injuries. Hurlbert suffered wrist and knee injuries. Both Hernandez-Vejar and Hurlbert were taken to Mid-Valley Hospital for treatment.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and did not report what caused the crash. Garcia and Hernandez-Vejar were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision but Hurlbert was not.

Okanogan Fatal Accident Statistics
    * Fatal accident count: 2
    * Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
    * Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
    * Fatalities: 2
    * Persons involved in fatal accidents: 7
    * Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Car Crash Statistics Based on Age (according to Autos.com)
  • Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash
  • Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash
  • Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents
  • Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities
  • Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24
  • Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seat belts
  • Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol
  • High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents
  • Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash
  • Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object.  These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death.  Motor vehicle accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, semi or tractor trailer trucks, delivery vehicles, passenger vans, motorcycles, etc.  If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state,  Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you.  We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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