Woman killed in one-car collision on I-5

Story Highlights:
One killed in Tacoma car accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown
Driver was not wearing a seat belt

Date: March 6, 2011, 03/06/2011
Location: Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor Vehicle Collision
Outcome: One dead

While driving on southbound on Interstate 5 near Tacoma Mall, 51-year-old Toni Spaulding of Auburn was killed when her SUV left the roadway and crashed into an overpass.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Spaulding was driving a 1998 Honda Passport, south on I-5, approaching the South 28th Street exit when her vehicle went to the right, left the roadway, and hit a dirt embankment. After it hit the embankment, the SUV went airborne and crashed into the side of the 48th Street overpass before coming to rest on the side of the freeway.

Spaulding was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is still unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. Washington State Patrol reported that Spaulding was no wearing her seat belt at the time of the collision.

Tacoma Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 10
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 16
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 6
Fatalities: 10
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 27
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 3

NHTSA Seat Belt Related Car Accident Statistics
  • Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent.
  • Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008.
  • Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were unbelted.
  • A 2009 NHTSA study estimates more than 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented if seat belt use was 90 percent in every state.
  • In 2009, seat belt use averaged 88 percent nationally, compared with 69 percent in 1998.
Washington State Seat Belt Law
Every person sixteen years of age or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle shall wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. All passengers shall wear seat belts, and children should be properly secured in the appropriate safety seats.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Toni Spaulding and hope they can find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.
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