Umatillia woman woman critically injured in collision with FedEx van

The Washington State Patrol accident investigative team is seeking witnesses to a Kennewick 3-vehicle accident which involved a FedEx van and two passenger vehicles.

According to the Tri City Herald, Karen Arbogast, 51, of Umatillia was critically injured when a FedEx van apparently ran a red light and collided with her van at Highway 395 on Hildebrand Road on October 19 around 4:15pm.

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Arbogast was taken Harborivew Medical Center in Seattle where she was reportedly in critical condition.

A third vehicle — a Toyota driven by Alex Teimoouri, 53, of Kennewick — was also involved in the car accident.

The FedEx truck driver, Timothy Rieksts, 48, and Teimoouri were both treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

The Washington Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the accident or events leading up to the collision, to call Detective Sgt. Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines (360) 805-1160.

Red light violations are estimated to cause 260,000 motor vehicle accidents every year. Drivers often run stop lights when they are distracted or fail to see the red light. Drivers are more apt to run a red light during rush hour or when traffic is heavy.

It has not yet been determined what charges will be filed against the FedEx truck driver. If he was distracted, under the influence of alcohol or otherwise negligent, he could face criminal charges. If it is determined he was at fault, then he and his employer may be liable for the injured parties losses which could include medical costs, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

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 due to the negligence of another.

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