Four Fatality Crashes in Three Days Keep Authorities Busy

2023-02-05 17:12:01 By : Ms. Emily Wang

Three fatal crashes reported Friday, Saturday and Sunday are now under investigation by local and state authorities. Yakima Police say they continue emphasis patrols to try and keep more people from being injured or killed in a crash.

The first fatality was reported Friday on U.S. Highway 12 and resulted in the death of a 14-year-old boy and the injury  of a 15-year-old passenger. Washington State Patrol Troopers say the 14-year-old was driving a Chevy Venture eastbound near Rimrock Retreat when he lost control on a curve, struck a rock wall and the vehicle rolled onto its top. The 14-year-old driver died at the scene of the crash. The 15-year-old passenger was injured and taken to Multi Care Yakima Memorial for treatment. Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash reported at about 12:00 pm. Friday.

Troopers are also investigating a Saturday head-on crash in Toppenish in which a man from Tacoma died of a gunshot wound at the time of the accident. Troopers say the shooting and crash was reported at about 12:45 am on State Route 22. They say 22-year-old Joel Reyes of Tacoma was a passenger in a Toyota Camry that was eastbound  when he was shot. The Camry then crashed into a Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Jason Reno. Reno and a passenger 44-year-old Lahela Kaahanui were injured and taken to MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital. Troopers say the driver and another passenger in the Camry fled the scene of the crash and haven't yet been found. The investigation continues today.

The third crash was reported early Sunday morning. Yakima police say a 32-year-old woman was killed in a one car crash at the intersection of of River Rd and Fruitvale Blvd. Authorities say the woman, who has not been identified was speeding as she was driving along River Road when she lost control on a curve and the vehicle rolled after hitting railroad tracks. The driver was ejected and died. The crash happened between 2:00 am and 3:00 am but wasn't discovered until a passing driver called 911 at about 5:30 am Sunday. If you know anything about the crash contact Officer Jim Yates, the lead investigator of the incident: 509-575-6246

One person was killed in a one car crash Sunday in the 1300 block of Progressive Road near Wapato. According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office the crash was reported at about at about 8:20 pm. Deputies say 30-year-old Benjamin Mendoza Perez was driving a Honda Accord eastbound on Progressive Road when the vehicle went into a ditch on the south side of Progressive Road. The vehicle struck a driveway that crossed the ditch and caused the Honda to go airborne. Perez was ejected and died at the scene of the crash. Deputies say they don't believe he was impaired but they say he was not wearing a seatbelt.