A 15-year-old speeding driver killed a jogger, injured a seven-year-old bicycle rider and injured himself and his passenger on Lopez Island around 3:30pm on Sunday evening in a series of accidents reports The Seattle Times.
Accident details are sketchy but according to the report in The Times and in the San Juan Islander, the 15-year-old driver was speeding when he ran into a group of bicyclists and seriously injured the young boy. He continued down the road where he hit and killed a male jogger.
The injured bicyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
The teenage driver was airlifted to an unspecified mainland hospital and his passenger was airlifted to Harborview.
There are a lot of questions not answered in the two articles that we read. Was the teenage driver driving with a parent? Did he have a learner’s permit? What was his speed at the time of the accident? What did the teen’s vehicle crash into so that he and his passenger sustained injuries?
This is a terrible tragedy and we hope the police investigation will determine how and why a 15-year-old was speeding and imperiling the lives of so many. The teenage driver could face criminal charges including Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide if it is determined he was speeding and driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others or if he was driving under the influence.
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 car accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.