Three men were injured in a crash on Interstate 205 in Washington after an earlier accident caused one man to hit the concrete barrier on Dec. 7. According to media outlets, a pickup that caused the initial wreck and reportedly left the scene was found later in the day in Vancouver, Canada. The truck owner was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
Witnesses say that the Ford F-150 pickup was driving erratically before it hit the Honda CRV from behind, causing it to hit the barrier. A second driver pulled over and walked across the freeway to assist the CRV motorist. However, a Honda Odyssey van then struck him and the CRV.
The 25-year-old CRV driver was seriously injured and taken to the hospital. According to officials, his condition was listed as satisfactory the night of the accident. The driver who tried to assist him was also seriously hurt. He was also hospitalized, but his condition was unknown. The Odyssey driver suffered unspecified injuries in the wreck.
Police are trying to determine who was operating the pickup when the accident happened; it is uncertain if the owner of the pickup was in the truck. The road was closed as an investigation was carried out.
A driver who causes a crash and flees the scene may be considered negligent, and he or she could face charges for the incident. However, criminal charges may not be filed against a liable driver in all cases. Whether or not the at-fault party is criminally charged, injured victims could seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer to help them with filing a claim. Financial compensation might be able to alleviate some or all of the expenses that stemmed from the accident.
Source: The Columbian , “2 seriously injured in collision that closed I-205”, Stevie Mathieu, December 07, 2014