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Kennewick Man Crashes Stolen Car While Texting, Eating

Updated on: 11/11/2019

A 32-year-old man from Kennewick took one too many risks Wednesday morning as he crashed a stolen car into a home near 45th Place at approximately 8:40 a.m.

According to police, Jeromy Kirkendall stole a 1989 Chevy S-10 pickup truck in Richland and was driving through Kennewick when he lost control of the truck, drove into a ditch and across several lawns before running into a home on W. 45th Place. Kirkendall admitted that he was eating a croissant and reading a text message when he lost control of the vehicle.

Witnesses said Kirkendall fled the scene on foot after the incident occurred. He was arrested a short time after the incident by a Benton County sheriff’s deputy and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of stolen property.

Distracted Driving Statistics

  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and approximately 448,000 were injured in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • 16 percent of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of all injury crashes involved a reported distracted driver in 2009.
  • There were 196 billion text messages sent or received in the United States in June of 2011 – a 50 percent increase from June of 2009.

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The attorneys at Davis Law Group are dedicated to helping the victims of distracted driving accidents get financial compensation for their injuries and lost wages. We work closely with the criminal prosecutor to make sure that all avenues, both criminal and civil, are being pursued. If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, contact Davis Law Group today at 206-727-4000.
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