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Pedestrian injured by allegedly intoxicated driver

The Washington State Patrol reports that a pedestrian was injured in Kirkland when he was hit by an allegedly intoxicated driver on July 15. The nighttime accident happened on Northeast 85th Street on the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 405 and caused the closure of the road for more than three hours.

The pedestrian, an 18-year-old Renton man, had been involved in an earlier minor two-car accident. His own vehicle was stopped blocking the on-ramp. He was standing outside his vehicle and exchanging insurance information when he was hit. The accused driver, a 54-year-old Kirkland man, tried to pass the victim's vehicle by driving between it and the Jersey barrier. Instead, the driver hit the victim, the victim's vehicle and the barrier.

The pedestrian was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Responding officers apparently noticed that the second driver was intoxicated and took him into custody. Though the accused man's blood alcohol content level at the time of the incident was not reported, it could be used if the pedestrian chooses to file a personal injury claim to show negligence.

An injured victim in a similar case might file a claim for damages if there is evidence to show that the other driver was negligent and directly responsible for the accident. If the claim filed is successful, the injured victim might receive various types of compensation, including remuneration for hospital expenses and for any other medical care needed during the recovery process, lost wages due to missing work for accident-related reasons, and pain and suffering.

Source: Kirkland Reporter, "Kirkland man arrested after striking pedestrian on I-405", Matt Phelps, July 16, 2014

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