Officials from the Washington State Patrol have reported that four victims have been hospitalized after a suspected drunk driver crashed into an accident scene on Interstate 5. The collision took place Sunday night – May 4, 2014 – shortly after 10:00 pm near Seattle.
According to authorities, State troopers had closed an off-ramp from Southbound Interstate 5 to Southbound Interstate 405 after a serious crash occurred. Before authorities cleared the accident, another driver crashed into the scene. The second driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Three others, including a 2-year-old child, were also injured and hospitalized.
Authorities state that the driver involved in the second crash was a 32-year-old Kenmore man who is believed to have been driving under the influence (DUI). Troopers report that the man was intoxicated at the time of the collision and a media crew reportedly saw a large open pack of beer in the driver's vehicle.
Cinco de Mayo & Drunk Driving Accidents
According to statistics, weekends and holidays often record high rates of alcohol-related traffic crashes. Although no official reports have been released regarding Sunday night's accident, it is possible that the man involved in the second accident had been celebrating Cinco de Mayo – a holiday which is commonly associated with drinking.
Because law enforcement is well aware that many people drink on holidays like Cinco de Mayo – and because they understand that risks for traffic accidents increase during these holidays – agencies throughout the state of Washington and the nation are on high alert for intoxicated drivers. Anyone who is planning to enjoy Cinco de Mayo should be aware that saturation patrols may be taking place across the state and that they should plan to arrange a ride.
At DUI Heroes, Seattle DUI attorney Jonathan Dichter protects the rights and futures of individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence in Snohomish County, King County, and surrounding communities in Washington.
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