A 21-year-old woman from Edmonds was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning after the car she was riding in crashed into a telephone pole near the 24800 block of 148th Avenue SE in Kent.
The driver, who has been identified as a 21-year-old man from Covington, was driving the woman’s car southbound on 148th Avenue SE at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle reportedly exited the roadway. The Seattle Times reports that the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then crossed the roadway into the opposite shoulder.
Police said that their investigation showed the telephone pole struck the passenger side door of the vehicle, which is where the 21-year-old woman was seated. Officials added that the woman died before police and firefighters could arrive at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been identified by name, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for presumably serious injuries he sustained in the accident. There was no information available about the extent of the driver’s injuries, but the Times reports that he is in critical condition at Harborview.
Contributing Factors to Fatal Accident in Kent
The Seattle Times also reported that “police preliminary investigation indicated speed and possible driver impairment were contributing factors” to the fatal crash that occurred in Kent on Sunday morning. It’s important to note that this was a preliminary finding and that no charges have been filed as of yet.
Taking legal action as a result of a fatal car accident can be difficult and also very complicated, but there are a number of questions that should be considered in this case. Some of those questions include:
- Did the victim have an auto insurance policy?
- What were the financial limits of the victim’s auto insurance policy?
- Are there any clauses in the victim’s insurance policy that would have prevented her from obtaining coverage as a passenger in her own vehicle?
It goes without saying that the loss of a loved one is among the most devastating things that can happen in life, and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family during this time.