Four Washington residents were reportedly injured in an August 3 collision in Kitsap County. The accident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Miller Bay Road near Suquamish.
According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department, a man, 45, was speeding in a northbound Chevrolet Cavalier when he collided with a Dodge Intrepid driven by a 59-year-old woman. The Cavalier reportedly slammed into the front passenger door of the woman's vehicle.
A KCSD representative said that, immediately prior to the accident, the 45-year-old man had sped away from a traffic stop conducted by Suquamish Police Department patrol officers. Law enforcement officials took a blood sample from the man to test his blood alcohol content after he received emergency treatment for his injuries.
A 63-year-old woman was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Dodge Intrepid, authorities reported. She suffered critical injuries as a result of the crash and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The 59-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton with serious injuries. A 15-year-old girl in the back seat received treatment for her injuries at the accident scene, reportedly.
The Cavalier driver was also airlifted to the Seattle hospital. Authorities categorized his injuries as critical. Law enforcement officials indicated that they have 'probable cause" that he 'may have been impaired" at the time of the accident.
If a preponderance of evidence from this case were to corroborate the notion that impaired driving was a contributing factor in this accident, the at-fault driver may be held accountable for the incident not just criminally but also through personal injury claims. For, people who suffer injuries as a result of a DUI accident may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit against the drunk driver, seeking financial compensation for economic damages they suffered in connection with their injuries.
Source: Kingston Community News, "Four injured, three seriously, in two-car crash on Miller Bay Road", August 03, 2014