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October 2012 Archives

Pedestrian accidents a real risk on Halloween

As Seattle parents gear up to take their kids out trick-or-treating, adults may also want to consider using Halloween festivities as an opportunity to remind children about the importance of traffic safety. Although the number of children involved in pedestrian accidents increases only slightly on Halloween, the fact remains that children were killed or injured in at least six cities last year.

Bus crossing accident sends eight-year-old to Seattle hospital

An eight-year-old girl arrived at a Seattle hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street on September 30. According to reports, the pedestrian accident took place after the girl disembarked from a school bus and was hit by a Dodge Durango. At last report, it remained unclear whether the driver of the Durango violated traffic laws.

DUI suspected in head-on crash with state trooper in Seattle

A 26-year-old man was going the wrong way on State Route 520 just after midnight on Sept. 25 in Seattle. Two cars that were trying to avoid him crashed into each other, but the young man kept going. He then collided head-on with a Washington State Trooper.The offending driver, who was believed to be drunk at the time, crashed into the trooper's car after being spotted driving the wrong way. Luckily, the state trooper wasn't hurt, nor were the other motorists who crashed trying to avoid a collision.

Just to reiterate: Helmets save bicyclists' lives

If Seattle residents listen to the news every day, they are bound to hear about tragic bicycle accidents that result in serious injury and death. For instance, in Boston, a 37-year-old woman was recently crushed under a semi truck; a 63-year-old woman was killed when someone speeding in a pickup truck hit her; and a 41-year-old man was hit in one of the city's suburbs and the driver left the scene. All of these bicycle accidents happened within the last two months, and two of the crashes happened in the same week.

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