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wa hit run law | Seattle Personal Injury & Accident Blog

Teenager Seriously Injured in Bellingham Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2013

An 18-year-old was injured in a Washington pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver who drove through a crowd of pedestrians. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Otis Street and Abbott Street in Bellingham. Officials say a boxy gray car without its lights on drove through approximately 12 to 15 pedestrians before striking two teenagers and driving off. The 18-year-old victim was hospitalized with serious injuries. A 19-year-old victim was hurt but was not hospitalized immediately following the crash. The Bellingham Police Department is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver and vehicle.

It is against the law to leave the scene of a crash when someone has been injured. According to RCW 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 until he or she has, exchanged information and rendered reasonable assistance.” Read the rest »

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