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Police: Impaired, arguing driver caused Columbia crash, injuries

Distracted driving can take many forms. In most cases, it involves a driver more focused on their phone than on the traffic. In other cases, it involves a driver too focused on a passenger to properly pay attention to what is going on around them.

An 18-year-old woman driving a blue car was driving on north 72nd Avenue while in a heated argument with her male passenger. Unfortunately, the argument was more interesting than the stop light. She blew through the red light, slamming her vehicle into a pick-up truck which was sent rolling by the impact, a news report states.

Injured in the crash were the woman and her passenger, as well as the woman who was driving the pick-up. All three were hospitalized with their injuries, police said.

As bad as that might sound, it could have been much worse. Also in the pick-up: a 7-month-old infant. The baby boy was secured in a child seat, however, and escaped the wreckage without any physical harm.

The wreck took place in the early afternoon at the intersection of Northeast 72 Avenue and Northeast 219th Street (Highway 502).

Occupants of both vehicles had to be freed by firefighters using a hydraulic cutting tool.

The pick-up driver, 50, suffered head trauma and an arm injury. A Clark County Fire & Rescue Division Chief said the injuries were serious.

A police officer said the driver of the blue car was impaired at the time of the crash. Prescription drugs were found inside the vehicle and she was charged with two counts of vehicular assault.

Distracted driving and impaired driving often have these kinds of violent, damaging consequences.

You can speak with an experienced Kennewick personal injury attorney about pursuit of maximum compensation for physical and financial damages incurred in a car accident.

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