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Woman, Dog Injured at Common Crash Site

A small hill in Yelm that has been the location of many car accidents was where one woman was injured Tuesday afternoon.

Sara Martin, 21, crashed her car on Vail Road when she was traveling northbound near Witland Lane. Her 2003 Chevrolet Impala lost control at the top of the hill, causing her vehicle to leave the road, hit an embankment, roll at least twice, finally coming to a rest upside-down in a field around 1:30 p.m.

Martin was ejected from the vehicle during the car accident, which also took out a fence.

It is unclear whether she was wearing a seatbelt, but police believe Martic was ehected through the back window of the car.

Parts from Martin’s vehicle were strewn across two fields near the crash and Martin was seriously injured. She was was transported Advanced Life Support to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with a broken femur.

Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.

“We have to check to make sure drugs or alcohol weren’t a factor,” said Sgt. Robert Brazas from Washington State Patrol, to news reports. “We don’t know why she was going as fast as she was going.”

Wednesday State Patrol said Martin will be cited with second-degree negligent driving and driving with a suspended license in the third degree.

A dog was also injured in the crash, suffering a broken leg.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, I hope officials can look at the scene of the accident and determine if changes need to be made to make the hill safer.