Samantha Effingham, age 17 of Woodland, was killed when the Toyota Corolla she was riding in failed to stop at a flashing stop light and was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by a 23-year-old Battle Ground man.
The side impact accident occurred at Highway 502 and NE 29th Avenue in Battle Ground around 2:40pm.
The driver of the Toyota was identified as Ryan L. Matison, age 20, of Battle Ground.
KOMO News reported that Matison was speeding as he drove south on 29th Avenue and he failed to stop at the intersection at Higway 502.
The drivers of both vehicles were injured in the accident.
Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident but they said that they expect to file charges against Matison for speeding.
Running a stop sign is usually a clear sign of reckless driving. A side impact is second only to head-on collisions in resulting in a fatality. It is estimated that nearly 9,000 people are killed eery year in side impact collisions.
The investigation into the accident will continue until police find out all of the factors that led up to the accident. For now, Matison probably faces criminal charges of running a stop sign and Reckless Driving (RCW 46.61.500).
When a family member is killed in an accident caused by a reckless driver, they are well advised to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney to insure their rights are protected and to discuss compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Washington has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of the deceased to seek damages for medical expenses, burial costs, loss of comparison, and mental anguish as well os other factors that can be included in a wrongful death lawsuit.
This information is provided by the injury law firm of Herbert G. Farber. We have more than 30 years experience representing families with their car accident and wrongful death claims.