Working as a Kent injury attorney in a personal injury law office in Seattle I am always saddened when severe pedestrian accidents happen so close to the holidays. Luckily, the Pike Place Crash that happened last week has not lead to any fatalities.
The investigation into the Pike Place crash that sent three pedestrians to the hospital has found synthetic pot to be the root of the problem. According to investigator the driver of the Subaru that crashed into the victims and pinned one woman against a produce truck was high on synthetic pot at the time of the accident and he fell unconscious at the wheel.
The severe pedestrian accident happened on Tuesday December, 14th when the Subaru driver passed out behind the wheel and drove onto the sidewalk down a hill near “Pikes Place Market” in Seattle. The accident occurred at 1st Avenue and Stewart Street around noon. In the accident the Subaru, driven by 39-year-old Travis Clinton Lipski, hit a couple walking on the sidewalk- minorly injuring the 54-year-old woman and slamming her 57-year-old husband onto the hood of the car as it continued down the hill where he later fell off. The vehicle then came to a rest when it pinned a 25-year-old woman, Veronika Szucs, to a produce truck.
The man is still at Harborview Medical Center, but has finally been upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition. The Art Institute student who was pinned between the two vehicles sustained a pelvic fracture and will be on crutches for the next 6 weeks.
Lipski, the driver of the Subaru, has been charged with two counts of vehicular assault. Because he admitting to smoking synthetic pot Lipski is being charged with Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Manner.
Lipski apparently has a record of driving under the influence and prosecutors have asked for conditions to his bail such as restrictions on alcohol and drug use.