Onalaska Woman, 62, Victim in Fatal Crash
NAPAVINE (April 12th, 2019)
A 62-year-old Onalaska woman died after the driver of a pickup truck failed to slow for traffic on Friday afternoon, April 12, on SR-508 in Lewis County.
The victim was identified as Robin K. Schmidt.
She was headed west on SR-508 about 4 ½ miles east of Napavine when Gage A. Hastings, 21, driving a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck, failed to slow for traffic and swerved into the westbound lanes hitting the side of a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by Gunnar R. Alexander, 21, and then colliding head on with Schmidt’s 2018 Hyundai Kona.
Alexander and Paul G. Hagquist, driving a 2010 Ford Escape, had stopped for traffic. Hagquist’s vehicle was damaged from collision debris.
Hastings was injured but declined transport to the hospital.
Washington State Police are investigating and charges pending. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.
Car Accident Investigation
Following any traffic accident, investigators conduct a full examination of what happened looking into possible factors such as speed, was there mechanical issues with any of the involved vehicles, were any of the drivers distracted, were any parties driving under the influence, as well as many others. While liability and the circumstances for this crash itself seem clear cut, those not found at-fault are entitled to file a lawsuit against the defendant.
It appears that liability has been fully assigned to the driver of the pickup truck, Gage Hastings, the family of Robin Schmidt will be entitled to a wrongful death claim following this tragedy. Family members of wrongful death victims have the right to recovery for funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of love and companionship.
Washington Wrongful Death Law Firm
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident caused by another motorist and are looking for guidance, contact Bond & Taylor for legal help today at 833-266-3534.