YAKIMA, Wash. — In the wake of a high-speed collision caused by a driver running a red light in a busy intersection, community members are expressing concerns over dangerous driving across the city.
According to a release from the Yakima Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of N 40th Ave & Summitview Ave for reports of a collision at 3:10 a.m. on October 10.
An investigation determined that the driver of a 2017 Honda Civic sped down Summitview Ave and ran a red light. This driver was struck on the passenger’s side by a 2013 Chrysler 300, which had the right of way while heading south on 40th Ave.
The driver of the Civic lost control of their vehicle and crashed through a business sign before coming to a halt in a parking lot off the side of the road. Yakima police have reason to believe the driver of the Civic was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
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This individual was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to be treated for what police described as serious injuries. While their current status is unknown, medics cleared the driver of the Chrysler at the scene following care for minor injuries.
This post drew a widescale response from people across Yakima who expressed displeasure with road safety in their community. Some cited this specific intersection being an issue while others highlighted racing, dangerous drivers and racing.
Certain Yakima residents went as far as to say they no longer drive during certain hours of the day because of the conditions.
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