It seems to be that racing has been the culprit of two deadly accidents over the last week. Just last week, I reported a fatal motorcycle accident at a Spokane race track that killed a young man. This time, the accident took place on a major highway, not an enclosed track. According to the Washington State Patrol, two young men were racing their vehicles against each other along Highway 193 just north of Clarkston.
One 24 year-old man was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang by himself and the other driver was speeding in his 1995 Honda Prelude with a 26-year-old female passenger in tow. The accident occurred around 4:15 in the morning. According to this news report from the Spokesman, the driver of the Mustang lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch on the westbound side of the highway. The car ignited in flames. The driver of the Honda Prelude was distracted by the accident, drifted off to the other side of the highway, overcorrected, and subsequently crashed his vehicle as well.
Both occupants of the prelude were treated at the hospital for their injuries and released. As a personal injury attorney in Seattle, I was saddened to hear that the Mustang driver did not survive the accident. As it stands, investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol factored into the car accident.