Two teens die in Ellensburg DUI collision

Story Highlights:
Two dead in Ellensburg accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI



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

Two teens were killed in a DUI collision near Ellensburg on Wednesday.

While camping near Ellensburg, 16-year-old Tyler Lanning rolled his vehicle down a steep hill. Lanning and his passenger, 16-year-old Colby Allemand, were both pronounced dead at the scene. A third passenger, 15-year-old Kassidy Gilmore was seriously injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says that alcohol was the cause of the crash. There has been no additional information reported.

Underage Drunk Driving Accident Statistics (provided by CenturyCouncil.org)
Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes decreased 73% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to a record low 1,398 in 2009. These fatalities account for nearly 13% of the alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S.  Among those under 21, about two young people are killed in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities for every 100,000 American under the age of 21. The rate of under 21 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100,000 population has declined 40% over the past decade. Despite declines in the number of young people involved in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, more than 3 people under the age of 21 die each day in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
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; or (c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Seattle Wrongful Death and Child Accident Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Tyler Lanning and Colby Allemand and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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