Winding and narrow roads can be extremely dangerous, particularly if you are driving a larger vehicle. A few seconds of vehicle instability on a winding, hood canal road has taken the life of one man and dramatically altered the lives of two young girls.
Shortly before 2:30 on August 17th, David M. Bodkin of Marrowstone Island crossed the center line on State Route 104 just west of Hood Canal Bridge. Bodkin was driving a Chinook 21-foot motorhome on the winding roads when it crossed the center lane on a corner.
A Bellevue Washington teen, Katherine K. Duff-Dings was driving Eastbound and swerved toward the left in order to avoid a collision with Bodkin. The Lexus RS330 she was driving, however, was unable to avoid Bodkins motorhome and the vehicles collided in the westbound lane.
In the Hood Canal car accident the motorhome was rotated to where it faced the opposite direction and it continued to roll into the ditch of the westbound lane while the Lexus came to a rest in the center of the road.
When emergency crews arrived Bodkin was pronounced dead and they had to remove the two teens from the crushed Lexus.
The driver of the Lexus, Duff-Dings, was airlifted to harborview medical center along with her passenger Anastasia P. Baucke, also 17. Duff-Dings sustained serious injuries internally, as well as to her neck and both legs. Baucke suffered a broken arm and hand.
The family of David Bodkin is in my thoughts as they deal with this harsh reality. I also would like to wish a speedy and full recovery to the two teens injured in this horrible accident. Losing a loved family member or friend is an incredibly painful experience. Whether it be in a car accident or not, the last thing that you and your family want to have to deal with or worry about is legal issues and complications. In an attempt to provide you with much deserved help and assistance, I have co-authored a book with attorney Patrick J. Kang which is a guide for families of Washington wrongful death victims. The book is called, “In Case of Death: Straight Talk on Washington Wrongful Death,” and is available at no charge to Washington residents by clicking on the preceding link.