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Woman charged for causing 9-car pileup in Seattle

A 21-year-old woman who allegedly caused a 9-car-pileup in Seattle's Northgate neighborhood last week has been charged. Four people, in addition to this woman, were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries following the car accident.

The woman faces charges for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a Seattle Times report. The injuries sustained by the other people involved in the crash were not serious enough to charge the woman with vehicular assault, according to the news report. Nonetheless, because these people were treated at a hospital, they may wish to pursue personal injury litigation to seek compensation for their medical expenses and costs related to the accident.

Police believe that the woman was under the influence of drugs when she allegedly stole a pickup truck from a car rental company at the airport last week on Wednesday. On her way out of the parking garage, she drove over road spikes which punctured her tires. When police spotted her driving soon after, her tires were smoking. Police began pursuing her until she ran a red light, according to the Seattle Times report.

The woman reportedly drove the pickup truck at 60 mph, on its rims, and collided into another vehicle before snaking head-on into traffic. The pickup struck several additional cars and caused a pileup.

People who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol pose a great risk to everyone else on the roads. And, in this case, it seems very fortunate that no one sustained serious injuries. People who drive under the influence usually face serious punishments under the Washington state criminal justice system, and they can often be held accountable with personal injury litigation as well.

Source: Seattle Times, "Woman charged in 9-vehicle crash near Northgate," Sara Jean Green, Feb. 21, 2012

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