One women was killed and six others were seriously injured when the pickup truck they were riding in went off the road, rolled several times and crashed through a fence and hitting trees in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East in Spanaway early this morning.
The injured and killed were between the ages of 19 to 22.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident that happened around 5:45am. According to a report in The News Tribune, there were three people riding in the cab of the pickup truck and four people riding in the pickup truck when the pickup truck driver lost control at a curve and went off the road.
Investigators found beer cans in the pickup truck and believe that alcohol and speeding were factors in the motor vehicle accident.
While it is not illegal to ride in the back of a pickup truck in Washington state, obviously it is a very dangerous practice because passengers are so vulnerable and can be thrown from the back of the pickup truck risking serious, if not fatal injuries. When a passenger is thrown from a vehicle, they also risk a vehicle rolling over them.
The driver of the pickup truck faces criminal charges including vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A person can be charged under statutes RCW 46.61.520 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE and RCW 46.61.522 VEHICULAR ASSAULT if a person is killed or seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving recklessly.
The injured would be well-advised to seek the advice or an attorney who specializes in injury and accident law. With the large number of victims and possible claimants, the driver’s car insurance policy could reach its limits and victims should be compensated for their damages.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.