Even after spending years handling severe Washington personal injury cases as an auto and motorcycle accident attorney in Bellevue, it is still distressing when I come across a fatal hit-and-run accident. Just in the last few months Washington State has seen several hit and run accidents; in an auburn hit-and-run accident a 24-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by a car as she lay in the roadway. Just a few weeks before this incident a 15-year-old boy was killed in a Lacey hit-and-run when an SUV crashed into his house as he slept. These are just two of the thousands of hit-and –run accidents that happen every year in the United States, but according to recent studies California seems to have far more hit-and-run incidents than any other state.
Just last week, a musician that was formerly drummer for Iggy Pop was killed in a California hit-and-run accident. 47-year-old musician Alex Kirst was walking on a highway near Palm Springs January 13th when he was struck by a vehicle. Another motorist reported a man lying in the road at approximately 11:30 p.m. thinking it was an intoxicated man. Kirst sustained life-threatening injuries which he later died from.
Based on the lack of skid marks in the road it appears the driver failed to break. Police are now looking for a white Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon missing headlights which were damaged in the accident. Anyone with information about the accident or the vehicle in question is asked to contract police.
As mentioned above, California has far more hit-and-run accidents than any other state and the stretch of road Kirst was killed on has seen 6 pedestrian fatalities in the last 7 weeks alone. A street or intersection having an extremely high number of deaths often shows how dangerous the roads construction is and it is the responsibility of the state to make these roads safer. If you have lost a loved one due to a auto accident or unsafe roadway do not hesitate to contact a Washington wrongful death lawyer to discuss your case. If you have questions regarding a Seattle wrongful death, Bellevue Auto Accident, or Kent Motorcycle Accident contact our Bellevue personal injury law firm to schedule a FREE consultation.