Wrong-Way Drunk Driver Injures One on Highway 99

One person was seriously injured when a driver traveling the wrong on Highway 99 struck his vehicle early Thursday morning.

A 45-year-old Seattle man was driving his 1988 Plymouth Voyager southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at Des Moines Memorial Drive, south of Seattle. His car struck a 2001 Subaru Forrester head on, seriously injuring the driver.

The Washington State Patrol said the wrong-way driver tried to flee the accident scene, but was caught. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The man who was driving the Subaru was not named, but is a 58-year-old Seattle man, according to news reports.  He sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both men were transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The crash blocked the northbound lanes of Highway 99 early this morning.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, it’s hard to imagine intoxicants weren’t linked to such a suspect car accident early in the morning. While reports of driving the wrong way on the highway are frequent, they are often due to drinking and driving or driving under the influence of some kind of intoxicant. I always urge consumers to drink responsibly. I remind people to always have a designated driver when you’re planning on drinking or always plan on staying overnight in a safe place after drinking and never drive under the influence.

My sympathy goes out to this family and everyone affected by this terrible accident. I hope the men experience a speedy recovery.