The Washington State Patrol is seeking the driver of a silver minivan that may have been involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on Monday on westbound Interstate 90 three miles east of Cle Elum. The WSP is asking any witnesses to the fatal I-90 motorcycle accident to also come forward.
According to the WSP media release, the motorcycle accident occurred at 4:17 pm just west of the Indian John Rest Stop at Milepost 88.5. The motorcycle rider was traveling in a group of three. They believe the driver of the mini van was changing lanes when the collision occurred. The motorist briefly reportedly pulled to the right shoulder then left the accident scene.
Anyone with details of the events that led up to the accident or has information about the accident are asked to contact Detective Robert Schroeder at 509-925-2698 Robert.Schroeder@wsp.wa.gov
The Washington patrol reports that fatal motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Washington state in 2012. This is at the same time that the number of fatal car accidents has been falling.
Hit and Run
Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Washington state. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents occur all too frequently and have been on the rise since 2003. Washington vehicle code RCW 46.52.020 is a statute that requires that a driver who is involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or injury of a person to remain at the accident scene until medical treatment is rendered.
Failing to stay at an accident scene is a class B or class C felony and can result in a prison sentence and a hefty fine.
Why would a driver leave an accident scene? In some cases, the driver is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and they know they will be in serious trouble if this fact is discovered. Other times, the driver is an illegal alien, doesn’t have insurance or is young and fear the penalties involved with a fatal accident.
The WSP works diligently to track down motorists that are involved in hit and run accidents and bring them to justice. Other times, the driver experiences remorse and turns themselves in to police.
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 Washington motorcycle accidents and the family of those killed.