A Mitsubishi Diamante headed north on Capitol Way and Ninth Avenue Southeast in Olympia reportedly hit four pedestrians as they attempted to cross the street on July 18 at about 12:40 p.m. The pedestrians were described as an older couple and two grade-school children walking in a single file line in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.
A witness to the accident stayed with pedestrians until emergency personnel could arrive at the scene. The older man was said to have suffered the most severe injuries, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment of hip, shoulder and neck pain. The woman and the two children reportedly walked away from the accident.
The woman who was driving the car remained at the scene. Sources indicate that she was allowed to leave the crash scene, which was cleared by 1 p.m. There was no information as to whether the woman was charged with a crime or cited for any traffic violations.
A pedestrian who is hurt by a car may be able to recover the cost of the medical care needed to treat his or her injuries. In addition, it may be possible to win compensation for lost wages due to missing work while recuperating from those injuries. Seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney may be beneficial when a victim is considering to pursue legal action against a liable motorist. Moreover, a lawyer may be able to review all relevant evidence and ensure that the case is filed in a timely manner in accordance with any applicable statutes of limitation.
Source: The Olympian, "Vehicle hits 4 pedestrians in downtown Olympia", Andy Hobbs, July 18, 2014