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King County Officials Still Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 8, 2013

King County sheriff’s investigators have found a pickup truck, which they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a woman in North Bend. According to The Associated Press, the Ford pickup truck with a knocked-out headlight and a large dent was found about 30 miles east of Seattle. But the driver is still at large.

The pickup truck struck a 57-year-old woman who had gotten out of another vehicle after an argument and was walking alone on the roadway. A headlight fitting the truck was found at the scene of the fatal crash.

According to Washington Revised Statute 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.”

Regardless of whose fault the accident was, anyone involved in an injury or fatal crash is required to remain at the scene, exchange pertinent information with all parties involved, wait for authorities to arrive, and assist injured victims in any way possible. The Washington State Collision Data Summary reports that King County had the highest number of hit-and-run collisions in the state in 2009 with 7,041.

Families of deceased hit-and-run victims are often left to deal with staggering medical and funeral costs. In such cases, compensation can be sought from the at-fault driver. If the driver is not identified, compensation may be sought through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own auto insurance policy. Dealing with insurance companies in the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash can be challenging and traumatic. If you have been injured in a King County hit-and-run crash, please contact an experienced Washington hit-and-run victim lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.

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