Quick Ferndale, WA Police Response Derails Driver in Hit and Run Crash
A driver who attempted to flee the scene of a single-vehicle crash about 8:30 p.m. on December, 4 was thwarted because of a quick police response. The crash happened by the Portal Way roundabout at the 1-5 southbound on-ramp in Ferndale. The single-vehicle accident turned into a hit and run of unattended property when the driver attempted to flee after driving his car off the roadway. No one was injured in the crash. Authorities were alerted to the accident in a 9-1-1 call from a witness who said that the driver appeared to be fleeing to the south. Ferndale Police apprehended the driver just a few hundred feet away from the accident.
The car – a 2000 Chevrolet Impala – was initially thought to be on fire. Thirty-five-year-old Stanley Alan Dixon was taken into custody by Ferndale Police and handed over to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) who investigated the crash since it occurred on an I-5 ramp. He was later booked into the Whatcom County Jail by the WSP and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, 3rd-degree driving while his license was suspended and hit-and-run of unattended property.
What is a single-vehicle crash?
A single-car crash has occurred when only one vehicle is involved in an accident. About 90 percent of all single-vehicle accidents are classified as a runoff-road (ROR) crash. A ROR accident is when a vehicle leaves the roadway and moves onto the shoulder, median, roadside or parking lane, etc. and then crashes into an unmoving object like a tree, pole, wall or fire hydrant. In some cases, a pedestrian is hit.
In a single-car accident, property damage and personal injuries are the typical outcome. Perhaps surprisingly, single-car collisions carry a higher fatality rate then head-on or side-impact collisions. About 70 percent of fatal single-vehicle crashes are ROR crashes.
Driving under the influence risk factor for single-vehicle accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety administration (NHTSA), among drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .01 grams per deciliter or higher, 86.5 percent were involved in ROR crashes in the years 1991 to 2007. By comparison, only 58.3 percent of sober drivers were involved in ROR crashes in the same time period.
Why do people hit and run?
Each person has their own reasons for fleeing the scene of an accident but it generally comes down to self-preservation over personal responsibility. In many cases, people flee because they are driving without a license, they are illegal immigrants, there is an active search warrant for their arrest, or they are intoxicated. Their hope is that by fleeing they can avoid legal consequences or deportation but the reality is that they usually end up in even more legal trouble.
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