Teenage Pedestrian Struck By 2 Vehicles, Dies in Kent, WA
Simran Gaut, a 17-year-old female pedestrian, died from multiple blunt force injuries in the early morning hours of January 8, 2023, after being struck by two vehicles while attempting to cross 132nd Avenue Southeast on the East Hill in Kent, Washington.
23-Year-Old Woman Dies After Being Hit by Seattle Police Vehicle
A 23-year-old woman passed away on the evening of Monday, January 23, 2023 after being struck by a Seattle Police patrol vehicle in South Lake Union, as reported by the Seattle Police Department (SPD).
Bellingham Public Schools Fail to Report Alleged Sexual Abuse
A 16-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against Bellingham Public Schools, in response to their failure to report her alleged sexual abuse at the hands of another student. The assaults reportedly began in October, 2021. On January 14, 2022, the girl reported the assaults to the Dean of Students at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Washington. According to the victim, the dean’s response was, "What do you want me to do about it?" The victim subsequently contacted two additional school administrators to report the sexual violence being perpetrated against her. Court documents indicate that none of the administrators reported the abuse to police; they are required to by law.
Kent Woman killed in auto-pedestrian crash January 8, 2023
Puget Sound Fire responded to a call regarding a woman who was fatally hit by two vehicles on the 132nd block in Kent, Washington while crossing the street. Both drivers of the vehicles are cooperating with Kent police. Traffic was rerouted for several hours while police investigated this ongoing situation. A full investigation will be necessary to determine fault.
WA Traffic Deaths Increased in 2022, As National Deaths Decreased
According to an early analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths in Washington State during the first nine months of 2022 increased over 20% compared to the same time period in 2021.
Mohamed A. Yusuf Charged with Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit-Run
It took five and a half months for police to identity and charge 20 year old Mohamed A. Yusuf with vehicular homicide and felony hit-run, after he plowed into 63 year old Rob Mason in July of 2022
Ken Block’s Death Reveals Cold Reality of Winter Sports Danger
News of racing icon Ken Block’s untimely death in a snowmobile accident shocked fans worldwide this week. The action sports pioneer was just 55-years-old when he died near his Utah home after climbing a steep embankment in his snowmobile, which upended and fell back on him. Ken was pronounced dead at the scene and is survived by his wife and three children.
New 2023 WA Laws Impact Jobs & the Environment
January 1st, 2023 ushered in not only a new year in the state of Washington, but also a new set of laws, many of which focus on employment and environmental issues. Here are several of the significant new laws that you need to know about in Washington state.
New $1.8B Settlement for SoCalGas Leak Victims
Brian Toppila, Trial Lawyer of Counsel for Carpenter & Zuckerman, along with plaintiffs’ attorneys representing over 35,000 claimants, recently secured a $1.8 billion settlement for victims injured in the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility disaster — the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history.
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