This week we have had a steady stream of tragic auto accidents, most caused by drunk driving that either critically injured or killed far too many Washington State residents. As a Renton wrongful death lawyer working at a Seattle auto accident law firm I help victims get their life back together after they are involved in a serious auto accident. But as hard as it is to recover from a serious personal injury, nothing can prepare a family for the wrongful death of a loved one.

Late Wednesday three teens were involved in a drunk driving accident so severe that two of the teens were killed and the third is in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. A group of teenagers were camping a few miles outside of Ellensburg when they noticed that three of their friends had been gone for long enough that they started to worry about them. Some of the teens went out to look for them and found the crash site that they are likely to never forget. 16-year-old Taylor Lanning had likely been driving under the influence and speeding when she lost control of her vehicle driving off the road which caused her vehicle to flip over and land upside down. Lanning and 16-year-old Colby Allemand were pronounced dead at the scene while the third passenger, 15-year-old Kassidy Gilmore was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with critical personal injuries.

The Kittitas County sheriff’s office said that they believe speed and alcohol to be the culprit as the other kids they were camping with were drinking. Tragedies like this make me realize just how important it is to teach our young drivers the dangers of driving under the influence. My thoughts go out to the families of the teens that were involved in the accident. I hope that other young drivers can learn from this auto accident and make better decisions as they get behind the wheel.

Click here for tips on how to talk to your teen about drunk driving.

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