Distracted driving, for whatever reason, causes another car crash in Inner Southeast

DAVID F. ASHTON - After a three-vehicle chain-reaction crash, paramedics readied a gurney to transport the driver of the vehicle witnesses say caused the smashup. The Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood intersection at S.E. 72nd Avenue and Duke Street has seen more than its share of accidents.

A three-car crash was reported there at 5:17 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, bringing East Precinct officers to the scene.

Based on witness accounts, a black Chevy Trail Blazer SUV was southbound on 72nd Avenue, approaching Duke, preparing to turn west. "But I stopped, because the light turned red," the driver explained THE BEE.

Following her Blazer was a silver Hyundai sedan; that driver also stopped normally.

But then, according to witnesses, a red Honda sedan speeding toward the intersection did not stop – its driver apparently sufficiently distracted not to notice the stopped traffic ahead. The Honda plowed into the Hyundai with enough force to deploy its air bags – driving that car into the back of the Blazer.

Lents Fire Station's Engine 11 paramedics responded to help the Honda's driver, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

While the drivers of the Chevy Blazer and Hyundai exchanged information, officers turned to the task of helping the young children who had been passengers in the crashed Honda get home. This accident is still under investigation.

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