Wrong-way driver causes wreck on Snake River bridge

Story Highlights:
One injured in Burbank collision
Motor vehicle accident caused by wrong-way driver
At-fault driver suspected of DUI

Date: April 22, 2011, 04/22/2011
Location: Burbank, Walla Walla County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A wrong-way driver caused a collision on Snake River bridge near Burbank on Friday night.

Around 8:30 p.m. 46-year-old Stevie V. Sparks was driving east on Highway 12 and failed to stop, entering a construction zone, and slamming into a Mack semi truck. The truck driver, 51-year-old Donald R. Dickey was uninjured.

Sparks was taken to Kennewick General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He is reported to be in fair condition.

Washington State Patrol believe that alcohol and/or drugs may be a factor in the crash but it is still under investigation.

Burbank Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 4
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 7
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 4
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 10
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Driving under the influence (See RCW 46.61.502 for more information)
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 Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle car 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. 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. Contributing factors in traffic accidents can be vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, driver distraction (texting or talking on a cell phone while driving), and driver impairment (drunk driving).

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