Updated on: 2/15/2019
Officials with the Washington State Patrol believe that a serious motor vehicle accident in Auburn on Thursday morning was caused by drivers who may have been street racing in the moments leading up to the accident.
Police say that a three-car collision occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of State Route 18 near Green River in Auburn. Two vehicles – a Porsche and a Chevrolet Camaro – that were involved in the accident are believed to have been participating in street racing just before the crash occurred.
As you can see in the image above, the Porsche left the roadway at some point and eventually rolled over on its roof before coming to a rest. Troopers say that the Porsche also caught fire after leaving the roadway, but that a witness was able to put out the flames before any major damage occurred.
The driver of the Porsche suffered a broken leg in addition to serious internal injuries, though officials did not disclose the nature of those injuries. Troopers are currently investigating the street racing accident as a vehicular assault, and at least one person has been taken into custody as a result of the investigation.
Car Accidents Caused by Street Racing
Washington state law prohibits drivers from participating in street racing while on public roadways, as it undoubtedly increases the risk of injury or death to other innocent drivers. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) regarding street racing states:
“RCW 46.41.530 – No person or persons may race any motor vehicle or motor vehicles upon any public highway of this state. Any person or persons who willfully compare or contest relative speeds by operation of one or more motor vehicles shall be guilty of racing, which shall constitute reckless driving under RCW 46.61.500, whether or not such speed is in excess of the maximums peed prescribed by law: PROVIDED HOWEVER, That any comparison or contest of the accuracy with which motor vehicles may be operated in terms of relative speeds not in excess of the posted maximum speed does not constitute racing.”
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