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.
According to officers, the 28-year-old Gold Bar man was driving a 2002 Honda Civic in the exit lane for State Route 518. The man apparently lost control of his vehicle, striking the barrier. The impact caused his vehicle to then careen left over a curb that separates the exit lane from the interstate's southbound lanes. It was then struck by a 1996 Jeep Cherokee being driven by a 65-year-old Seattle man.
Responding medical personnel pronounced the 28-year-old Gold Bar man dead at the accident scene. The 65-year-old Seattle man as well as a female passenger were both injured and transported to Valley Medical Center in Tukwila for treatment of their injuries. A 26-year-old Gold Bar woman who was a passenger in the Honda was also injured. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Officers were uncertain of what led to the accident or if alcohol or drugs contributed to its cause.
When people suffer serious personal injuries in a car accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, the injured victims might be able to hold the driver liable in a civil sense. When the negligent driver is killed in the accident he or she supposedly caused, the victims may still be able to recover compensation for their losses by naming the driver's estate as the defendant in a personal injury suit.
Source: Sky Valley Chronicle , "Gold Bar Man Killed in Collision ", November 29, 2014