One woman was critically injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and six other people were injured, some seriously, when a pickup truck that was being pursued by police collided with multiple vehicles which in turn, collided with other vehicles.
The Seattle Times reports that the multiple-car collision occurred near Northgate Mall around 4pm this afternoon during “rush hour” after police attempted to stop an unidentified 21-year-old female driver who was driving erratically. Police attempted to stop the woman with stop strips and she was driving on two flat tires right before the collisions.
The chain events began when police pursued a woman driving a blue Dodge pickup at Northeast 92nd Street and First Avenue Northeast near Interstate 5. Police followed the woman northbound 1st Avenue Northeast when she suddenly accelerated, drove through an intersection and struck multiple vehicles when she drove in the opposite lane. Police suspect that the woman was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The article said that the driver of the pickup truck was taken to Harborivew which has a Level I trauma unit. Her condition is unknown at this time.
Six of the injuries appear to be quite serious chest and one person was listed in critical condition.
In all, four people were taken to Harborview. A 21-year-old woman was airlifted to Harborview in critical condition, a 19-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 29-year old man were all taken to Harborview. A Seattle Fire Depart public information officer described some of the injuries as “head, back, neck and airbag deployment injuries. “
Police have not yet charged the driver of the pickup truck but she may face serious charges of Vehicular Assault if it is determined she was driving recklessly or driving under the influence.
Based on news accounts, the investigation into this multi-car accident will be complicated because of the number of vehicles and victims involved. Seriously injured victims are well-advised to consult with an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who will work to make sure their rights are protected.