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  • West Seattle Woman on Bike Killed by SUV
    May 31, 2011

    While riding her bike on a country road on the morning of May 21st, 2011, Sally Eustis, a 61-year-old woman from West Seattle, Washington, was hit by an SUV.  The sports utility vehicle was driven by Melvin Bohleen, who hails from Dayton, Columbia County.

    The accident happened four miles north of the town of Walla Walla on Middle Waitsburg Road – a road with two lanes and narrow shoulders.  At the time of the accident, Eustis was wearing a bicycle helmet and cycling with her sister-in-law, Terri Wolber of Seattle, Washington.

    Jeff Eustis, the husband of Terri Wolber, stated that he and the rest of his family are disputing earlier media claims that said that both Wolber and Eustis were originally riding side-by-side on Middle Waitsburg Road. 

    Jeff Eustis stated that Sally Eustis was riding behind his wife when Sally Eustis was struck by the SUV.

    John Turner, the County Chief of Walla Walla stated that the accident was still under investigation and that no conclusions have been drawn as of May 24th, 2011. Turner additionally stated that toxicology tests were still pending, but that there was no indication that the SUV driver was under the influence at the scene of the accident.

  • Woman Critically Injured After Crash Into Ballard Locks in Seattle
    May 29, 2011

    A young woman was injured in a single-vehicle Seattle car accident when the car she was driving crashed into Ballard Locks, a common tourist attraction in Seattle. The Ballard Locks raise and lowers boats for travel between the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound.

    According to police, the woman was driving her Honda Accord south on 32nd Avenue Northwest near Northwest 54th Street around 12:15pm on Tuesday when she lost control of her vehicle.

    The woman, who is in her late teens or early 20s, was critically injured in the accident. She had to be freed from the wreck by members of the Seattle Fire Department, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

    The woman's injuries were thought to be life-threatening at the time, but there have been no recent updates on her condition. The woman was in the car by herself and no one else was injured.

    Police are still not sure what caused the accident, and have not determined if alcohol or drugs played a role. Our thoughts are will all of those affected by this crash

  • Pedestrian Crosses I-5 Freeway in Seattle, Washington, and Causes an Accident
    May 28, 2011

    In the early morning of April 30th, 2011, a pedestrian attempted to walk across the northbound Interstate 5 Freeway in Seattle, Washington. In order to avoid hitting this male pedestrian, the driver of a Honda Accord swerved away from the pedestrian, but unfortunately still hit the man. As a result of the collision, the man was thrown off the I-5 freeway altogether. Due to the impact of hitting the man, the Honda Accord headed into another lane, decelerated rapidly, and hit a United States Postal Service semi-truck. The 50-year-old driver of this postal service truck, Marvin Copsey of Seattle, Washington, was not injured.

    While the Honda Accord was completely destroyed in the process, the driver of this vehicle, 26-year-old Joel Martinez-Jose of Seattle, Washington, only suffered minor injuries. The northbound Interstate 5 Freeway was closed for just over five hours following the accident.

    Meanwhile, the pedestrian, thirty-nine year old Thau Qual Le, suffered from serious injuries and was subsequently taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. It is illegal for pedestrians to cross the freeway; however, it was unclear at the time of the accident whether charges would be filed.

  • Seattle Man Injured in Crash With Patrol Car Gets $650,000 Settlement
    May 26, 2011

    A man injured in a Seattle auto accident with a police patrol car in February 2009 recently settled his personal injury case with the city for $650,000.

    51-year-old Donald A. Meyer was driving his pickup truck around 5:20 am in the Sodo neighborhood in Seattle when he was hit head-on by a police patrol car driven by 26-year-old Seattle Police Department officer John Welch.

    Welch, who was driving the speed limit of 40 MPH in the northbound lanes of the Fourth Avenue South bridge at the time of the crash, slipped on ice before slamming into Meyer's vehicle. He was not heading to an emergency call.

    Meyer sustained injuries to his chest, neck, back and abdomen. He has since returned to work at a Sodo bottle-making factory, but reportedly still has headaches and other lingering symptoms of the wreck. Future treatment and pain and suffering were part of the settlement.

    While Meyer originally sought more than $1 million in damages from the accident, the suit was settled for $650,000 late last month. According to Jean Boler, chief of the Civil Division at the City Attorney's Office, the settlement "avoids the risk of trial and fairly compensates the injured party."

    Meyer's lawyer was pleased that the city took responsibility for the crash. While an unfortunate incident as a whole, we are glad that the victim of this accident was able to earn fair compensation for his injuries and related costs.

  • General

    • One Person Killed and One Person Seriously Injured in a Downtown Seattle Motorcycle Crash
      May 29, 2011

      A motorcyclist was killed in an accident in downtown Seattle, Washington, while his passenger sustained serious injuries. The accident itself occurred during the late afternoon on Saturday April 23, 2011 near the Fourth Avenue ramp on Interstate 90.

      The motorcyclist was discovered dead at the accident scene, and the passenger was immediately taken to a hospital. It was thought that no other vehicles were involved with the accident; however, the authorities did not disclose the cause of this accident right away. During the investigation of this motorcycle crash, two lanes of the Interstate 90 - and the Fourth Avenue on-ramp - were closed.

It was also noted that this accident occurred one day after the Washington State Patrol stated that the rising cost of gas would result in more people choosing to ride motorcycles and in turn result in more motorcycle fatalities.

      A Washington State Patrol officer stated that he did not know for sure if research proves that there is a direct correlation between the increase in motorcycles on the road and the increase in motorcycle fatalities. In order to ensure the safety of all vehicles on the road, the Washington state troopers also stated that they were going to increase their highway patrols to help to ensure that both motorcycles and vehicles remain safe on the road. Over 200 people have been killed in motorcycles accidents in the state of Washington, with 2008 having the most motorcycle accident fatalities.

      Have you or someone you know been injured in a Bellevue car accident? Contact us toll-free at Rubinstein Law 1-800-578-1166 to talk with one of our experienced Bellevue car accident attorneys and obtain a free estimate.



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