Police believe alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the rollover car accident that injured five people – one seriously – yesterday morning near Ellensburg.
According to a report in the Yakima Herald, the single car accident occurred when Joshua Glenn, 20, of Mukilteo lost control on a patch of ice on Interstate 90 between Ellensburg and Vantage and his Jeep rolled off the highway.
Glenn along with his four female passengers from Everett, Snohomish and Mukilteo were taken to Kittitas Valley hospital. One of the women was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she was being treated for serious injuries.
The Washington State Highway Patrol said that Glenn was driving too fast for the icy road conditions. The most common causes of rollover accidents is driving at excessive speed. Often passengers in rollover accidents suffer serious or catastrophic injuries especially if they are thrown from the vehicle or if they failed to wear a safety belt.
If it is found that Glenn was intoxicated at the time of the accident, he could be charged with Vehicular Assault or DUI. Washington motor vehicle code, RCW 46.61.522, states that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Assault if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was intoxicated.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney 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 who have died. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.