Luis Jaramillotavira, 32, of Connell, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident when the Plymouth van he was hit by a truck hauling potatoes near the junction of State Route 17 and State Route 170 near Moses Lake.
According to a media release by the Washington State Patrol, Jaramillotavira failed to yield to the potato truck as he made a left turn onto State Route 17.
Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.185 “Vehicle Turning Left” states that a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching the opposite direction to the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
The WSP has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for helping to reduce the number of fatal truck accidents in the state. In 2009 there were 3,380 fatal accidents involving trucks in compared with 4,542 in 2008.
So far this year, the State Patrol has seen a continued decrease in the number of fatal truck accidents. The State Patrol says with harvest in full swing that drivers of passenger vehicles should use caution and allow more space for commercial trucks.
The WSP says to use caution when changing lanes, avoid tailgating, maintaining your speed and to signal lane changes.
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