Distracted driving has been growing as a cause of accidents on the highways of Washington and the rest of the United States. Recent reports indicate that approximately nine people die as a result of distracted drivers every day. Over 1,153 people suffer injuries in the same time period.
A wrong-way accident near Granger on Dec. 15 resulted in the death of one driver. The decedent, an 87-year old woman, was driving the wrong way down Interstate 82 just after 6:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Five people were also injured in the wreck.
Washington State Patrol troopers reported that an initial hit-and-run collision occurring on Dec. 7 just before 6:00 a.m. caused two people to suffer serious injuries. According to officers, the accident happened on I-205 in Vancouver when a good Samaritan stopped to give assistance to the victim of the hit-and-run.
A man was killed in Smokey Point after a driver swerved to avoid slow-moving traffic and sideswiped the man's truck. According to reports, he had pulled his truck to the side of the highway to secure something in the back.
According to reports by the Washington State Patrol, an accident that occurred on I-5 on Nov. 28 killed a Gold Bar man and injured three others. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. within the Tukwila city limits at mile marker 154 in the southbound lanes.