Thanks to some quick-acting good samaritans, an 11 year-old girl survived a tragic and fatal car accident to live another day. The young girl was trapped inside a burning pickup truck that crashed in Toppenish earlier this week. People driving by the accident scene spotted the girl and pulled her out of the burning wreckage to safety. Tragically, the girls uncle, a 40 year old man died in the accident along with her 62 year-old grandma. These people were innocent victims in this particular car accident.
According to this news report from the Yakima Herald, a van ran right through a stop sign without properly stopping, and in turn t-boned the 1990 GMC pickup truck. The young girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center to receive treatment for her injuries which State Patrol Lt. Jim Keightley says are non life-threatening. At this time, the identities of the people who saved the young girl are not known.
The driver and passenger in the 2000 Dodge van were transported to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center but were listed in satisfactory condition. The car accident is still under investigation and it is too early to know whether any charges for vehicular homicide will be filed. As a Tacoma personal injury lawyer, I would be surprised to see any serious charges filed unless it is determined that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.