Officials: Road Rage Allegedly Behind Bellevue Hit-And-Run Injury Accident

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A Bellevue accident that resulted in personal injury is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Seattle Times reported. According to the news outlet, the hit-and-run Friday afternoon accident allegedly involved road rage. 

Officials who responded to the scene say that at about 4:30 p.m. a Lexus IS vehicle and a white work truck both stopped at the beginning of the 112th ramp off the southbound lanes of Interstate 405. The truck driver eventually exited the vehicle, pulled a 4-foot level from the truck bed, and used it to strike the hood of the Lexus. 

The Lexus driver then proceeded to flee the scene, striking the truck driver. When they arrived at the scene, officials found the driver had sustained “very serious injuries.”   

After troopers aided the injured motorist, they located and interviewed the Lexus driver. Now, officials are urging anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have dash cam video of the incident to step forward. 

Avoid Road Rage-Provoked Hit-And-Run Accidents, Stay Safe

As we’ve highlighted in a blog post at the early days of the pandemic, emotions can run high in stressful situations, increasing the risk of accidents. 

Before hitting the road, drivers should always make sure they are emotionally and mentally prepared. And if they end up being involved in an accident, they should never leave the scene until officials arrive. 

In order to help you avoid crashes, we urge you to spend some time preparing yourself mentally and physically before walking out of the door. A few moments of calm before facing the road can help you avoid stressful situations that can easily lead to road rage later on. 

If drivers aren’t focused on driving safely, distractions and speeding can also contribute to accidents. Keep speed limits in mind at all times and do not allow electronics to capture your attention while operating a vehicle. 

Put your phone down, focus on the road ahead, and follow traffic rules at all times. 

Instead of putting your life and the lives of others at risk, put safety first.

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