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Investigation into December traffic fatality concludes

On June 5, Washington State Patrol investigators announced that they have concluded the investigation of a highly publicized fatal traffic accident that occurred in Vancouver on Dec. 4, 2013. Officials believe the accident was caused when one driver loss consciousness or fell asleep. According to reports, at around 1:40 p.m, a 47-year-old male driver in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra entered the center median in the northbound lanes of Interstate 205 near Padden Parkway.

The vehicle drove for approximately 200 feet before it crashed into a 2002 model Toyota pickup. The driver inside the Hyundai was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman driving the Toyota Tacoma was transported to an area hospital to receive medical treatment for trauma suffered as a result of the collision.

The accident received extensive publicity in December because a local woman who routinely live-tweets details about breaking news in the area discovered that it was actually her own husband inside the Hyundai. Her reactions before, during and after the discovery were highly publicized. However, she was able to get in touch with local police before photographs of her husband's car were released online.

Due to the results of the investigation, the injured driver may consider speaking with a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim against the decedent's estate. The victim may be entitled to recover restitution that can help account for damages caused by the accident, such as medical expenses, vehicle repair costs or any loss of income. Legal counsel may use details from the police report and calculations from finance or reconstruction specialists to prove the amount of restitution requested is justified.

Source:The Oregonian, "Husband's fatal crash live-tweeted by Vancouver-area woman," Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Dec. 4, 2013

Source: Oregon Live, "Washington State Patrol concludes investigation on fatal collision in Vancouver", Kasia Hall, June 05, 2014

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