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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

No Official Cause Yet on Sunday Accident

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We have a press release this morning in regards to an accident on Sunday, that sent a one to Harborview with critical injuries.  On a thread on our Facebook page many have commented including family members with updates that Lilly Rhoades of Aberdeen sustained injuries including 3 broken vertebrae, and bleeding arounder her brain stem, still under a ventilator in the ICU. 

On Sunday morning, January 18, 2015 at 0154 hours, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle, roll-over collision in the 2900-block of Bay Avenue.

A railroad worker in the area reported the collision to E911 Dispatch. The witness described the vehicle traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph before leaving the roadway and flipping five to six times.

Hoquiam officers immediately responded to the scene, assisted by officers from Aberdeen PD as well as the State Patrol.

Upon arrival, officers located an older model Ford Explorer at rest in the gravel area near the railroad tracks in the area of 30th Street. The vehicle was approximately 100 feet off the roadway.

As officers approached the vehicle, they discovered a youthful appearing female underneath the vehicle whereby she appeared to be pinned by the rear axle. There was debris strewn about the area, including contents from the vehicle and the windshield. The female was unresponsive, but officers were able to identify her using photos and tattoo information contained on their patrol car mobile data terminals.

In addition to the deployment of the airbags, officers noted the presence of an open alcohol container in the vehicle. Given the damage to the vehicle, it appeared the Explorer had flipped several times after leaving the roadway westbound in the 3000- block of Port Industrial Road.

Officers surmised the driver had been ejected with the vehicle coming to rest upon her body.

Hoquiam firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene and had to use rescue airbags to lift the vehicle off the female. She suffered life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to Community Hospital. Family members of the driver were notified of the collision.

Officers placed the driver under arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and obtained a municipal court search warrant for a legal blood draw at the hospital.

The female was subsequently transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Hoquiam PD crime scene mapping team was called-out to investigate the collision scene but were thwarted by high winds and bad weather. The scene was documented until it was mapped during the day on Monday.

The vehicle was impounded to the Hoquiam Police Department pending another search warrant to search and inspect the vehicle. At this time, the case remains an open and active investigation.  

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