High-Speed Crash in Ferndale, WA Lands 2 in Hospital
Just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) fire and aid crews were dispatched to the scene of a high-speed crash on northbound I-5 at milepost 266.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) report: high-speed crash Ferndale, WA
The car crash report indicated that a black 2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door driven by Tristen N. Florence, age 21, of Ferndale was driving northbound in the left lane north of Grandview Road when it moved into the right lane. It moved in between two motorcycles, hitting one motorcycle’s mirror before losing control and crashing onto the median. Both Florence and his passenger – 18 year old Makyla M. Carpenter, also of Ferndale – were injured in the crash. One of the vehicle’s occupants was ejected in the car crash and both were taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in critical condition. The Volkswagon was written-off as a loss and impounded by the WSP. At the time of the report, it was not known if either the driver or the passenger was wearing a seatbelt. The motorcycle rider, Kevin Vo, age 22, of Surrey, BC., was not injured and was able to drive from the scene.
High-speed and alcohol were identified as the cause of the accident. According to the WSP, a charge of vehicular assault is expected.
High-speed crash statistics
According to Traffic Safety Facts released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car accident is labeled a high-speed crash when the at-fault driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if a police officer described racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit as a contributing factor in the crash report.
2014 High-Speed Crash Traffic Safety Facts:
- Twenty-eight percent of traffic fatalities occurred because of high-speed crashes.
- Male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 accounted for the highest percentage of drivers involved in fatal high-speed crashes.
- Thirty-three percent of motorcycle riders were speeding before being involved in a fatal car crash, more than drivers of all other types of vehicles.
- Forty-one percent of all drivers who were speeding at the time of the car accident also had BACs of .08 or higher (compared to 17 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes).
- Only 51 percent of passengers involved in fatal high-speed car crashes were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash compared to 78 percent of non-speeding passenger vehicle drivers.
- Speeding has been a known factor in about one-third of crash deaths in both rural and urban areas since 2006.
- Thirteen percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on interstate highways.
- There are more crashes related to speeding and alcohol and less seatbelt usage among rural drivers.
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