Officials with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) say that a man was killed after his vehicle was struck head-on by another car on Highway 10 near Cle Elum Sunday evening.
According to KNDO news, the crash occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say a 22-year-old man from Thorp, identified as Bobby Owens, was driving eastbound on Highway 10 when he crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle heading the opposite direction head-on.
Inside the second vehicle was a 54-year-old Seattle man named Paul Rodgers. He was pronounced dead at the scene by first-responders. A passenger in Rodgers’ vehicle, 46-year-old Michelle Dubois, was injured in the crash and transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Owens and a passenger in his vehicle, identified as 27-year-old Jennifer Look of Thorp, suffered undisclosed injuries in the collision and were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
There was no additional information regarding the extent of their injuries, though patients are typically taken to Harborview when they are suffering from more serious injuries.
Liability and Pursuit of Wrongful Death Claims
Being that the police reports for this particular crash indicate that Owens crossed the centerline and hit Rodgers’ vehicle head-on, there is a high likelihood that the liability for Sunday’s fatal crash will be placed on Owens. The Washington State Patrol also indicated that they suspect drugs and/or alcohol was a factor the crash, which would make it even easier to find Owens liable.
When it comes to pursuing a wrongful death claim, someone who is considered to be a beneficiary of the deceased must first be appointed as the Personal Representative (PR). The PR may then act on behalf of the victim and file a lawsuit if they wish to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Anyone interested in learning more about how to pursue a wrongful death claim may contact the attorneys at Davis Law Group in Seattle for a free legal consultation. We’ll help you determine if hiring a lawyer for your personal injury or wrongful death case is in the best interests of you and your loved ones.
SOURCE: Man Killed in 2 Car Accident Near Cle Elum (NBCRightNow.com)