Two dead in Chelan crash

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Two dead, one injured in Chelan accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown

Date: June 3, 2011, 06/03/2011
Location: Chelan, Chelan County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two dead, One injured

Two people were killed in a collision near Chelan on Friday afternoon.

Around 3:45 p.m. while driving on Highway 97, 69-year-old Jerald C. Petersen was heading north when his vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed into a southbound Ford Taurus driven by 72-year-old Betty J. Decker.

Petersen and Decker were both taken to area hospitals but later died of their injuries. A 78-year-old male passenger in Decker’s car was taken to a hospital with injuries to his left eye, abdomen and chest.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and has confirmed that neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash and no charges have yet been filed.

Auburn Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 10
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 14
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 4
Fatalities: 13
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 31
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics
The majority of traffic fatalities occur on rural roads. From 1997 to 2006, 3,854 people were killed in collisions on rural roads, representing 60.6% of all fatalities. However, approximately 30% of the vehicle-miles-traveled occur on rural roads, indicating the fatality rate on rural roads is much higher than on urban roads. The average rural road fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled from 1999 to 2006 (1997-1998 data is not available) was 2.27, compared to the urban road rate of 0.65.

Most road types, excluding city streets, have a larger majority of rural road deaths, most prominently on State/US Highways and County Roads. State/US Highways experienced the highest number of deaths, with 2,421 (38.1%) from 1997 to 2006. However, State/US Highways experience the highest number of vehicle-miles-traveled, and as a result, do not have the highest fatality rate. Rather, County Roads have the highest fatality rate per miles traveled, at 2.18, compared to the State/US Highway rate of 1.53.

Seattle Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Jerald C. Petersen and Betty J. Decker and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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