Sarah Kearney suffered severe head injuries in a Seattle car accident the night of May 5, 2009, according to a KOMO News report. Kearney was driving home on Highway 18 when a truck crashed into her car near Kent Kangley Road. The impact of the truck crash shattered the windshield of Kearney’s Ford Mustang, took out the driver-side door causing major head injuries to Kearney. Officials said the truck driver then fled the car accident. Kearney is now recovering at Harborview Medical Center. She is said to be breathing on her own and responding to commands.
My heart goes out to Sarah Kearney and her family. I understand they must be going through a terrible time. I hope and pray that the person who caused this car crash and then fled without taking responsibility, is apprehended and brought to justice. I wish Sarah Kearney the very best. I hope she recovers quickly and completely. Please keep her in your prayers. If you have any information about the suspect vehicle, its driver or this incident, please call Washington State Patrol at 425-401-7719.
Leaving an injured person on the roadway shows an incredibly callous disregard for human life. Fleeing the scene of a car collision is illegal in the state of Washington. Washington law clearly defines the duty of the driver in the event of car accident involving death or serious injury. RCW 46.52.020 states: “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.”
The family of Sarah Kearney would be well advised to contact experienced Washington car accident attorneys on her behalf, to find out more about her legal rights and options. Skilled personal injury attorneys will look at all different aspects of this Washington car accident and help determine who or what should be held liable. Compensation in this case could include medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, loss of earnings and other related damages. If it turns out that the driver who hit Kearney did not have car insurance, then she may be compensated through the uninsured/underinsured clause of her own car insurance policy. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will be able to provide details on how Kearney’s car insurance coverage will apply to her case.