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Hit-and-run on I-205 results in second collision, 2 injured

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.

Reportedly, dispatchers had received several emergency calls concerning a pickup truck driving dangerously on the interstate. The same truck then allegedly collided with a Honda CRV being driven by a 25-year-old Battleground man before fleeing. Another motorist, a 63-year-old Camas man, apparently stopped his own vehicle on the right interstate shoulder and attempted to cross the freeway to help the CRV's driver. The CRV had crashed into the left concrete barrier and had come to rest in the lanes of traffic.

As the man crossed traffic to assist, he and the CRV were both struck by another vehicle, a minivan being driven by a 41-year-old Seattle man. Both the helper and the CRV's driver were seriously injured as a result of the collisions. Officers located the white Ford F-150 involved in the accident. The truck was found abandoned, but officials were able to locate the owner. The man in question had other outstanding warrants, but he has not yet been charged in connection to the hit-and-run accident. Police are still investigating in order to determine if he or another person was the driver at the time of the wreck.

Drivers involved in an accident are expected to remain at the scene to offer assistance. When people are seriously injured due to the negligent actions of a hit-and-run driver, the victims may be able to hold him or her civilly liable through a personal injury lawsuit. A civil lawsuit may proceed separately and in addition to any criminal case the driver may have.

Source: The Columbian , "2 seriously injured in collision that closed I-205", Stevie Mathieu, December 07, 2014

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