Through my career as a Seattle car accident attorney and Washington wrongful death lawyer, I spend my days seeing the suffering caused by Washington car accidents. Luckily, with the sadness comes the pleasure in that I get to help these families mend by helping them receive justice.
Unfortunately, a Toppenish car accident devastated a family earlier this week.
In Toppenish, a Monday car crash killed two and injured one. The terrible accident occurred around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Olden Way and Larue Road.
According to the State Patrol, Mabel Cultee was driving a 2000 Dodge van southbound when she failed to stop at an intersection, colliding into the side of a 1990 GMC pickup.
Two occupants in the pickup, 62-year-old Reyes Valdez and 40-year-old Remigio Valdez were instantly killed in the impact. Cultee was also injured in the collision and taken to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, where she is currently listed in satisfactory condition.
Remigio Valdez’s 11-year-old niece was trapped in the burning pickup truck. Fortunately, witnesses came to the rescue and pulled the girl out of the vehicle.
Officials do not believe alcohol or speed contributed to the collision. However, they say Cultee was using prescription drugs at the time of the accident, which may have played a part.
We are sorry to learn of this tragic accident. We will keep the Valdez family in our thoughts as they recover from this terrible experience.
It is always difficult to learn of lives lost in auto accidents. The last thing you want to worry about in these situations is legal issues. 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.