Woman Dies in Crash on U.S. 12

A woman who was not wearing her seat belt died in a car accident near Elma, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Thirty-year-old Jasmyn Grilley-Hanson from Elma died in the one-car crash on Tuesday morning while driving on U.S. Highway 12. She was going eastbound on the highway when her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt left the roadway and hit a tree around 6:45 a.m. The accident occurred about a mile southeast of Elma.

Grilley-Hanson was not wearing her seatbelt, according to the state patrol. She was declared dead at the scene.

It is unclear what caused Grilley-Hanson  to lose control of her vehicle and leave the roadway. It is also unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the fatal car accident. The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to news reports.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, I am saddened to hear about this fatal car accident. My condolences go out to Grilley-Hanson’s family and friends. It is unclear whether a seatbelt would have saved Grilley-Hanson’s life, but I always urge drivers to buckle up. Being properly restrained saves lives in the event of a car accident. Drivers should also never drink and drive. I’m happy to hear no one else was injured by this unfortunate accident.