Smoke, dust cause pile-ups near Prosser

PROSSER - Seventeen vehicles were involved in three different collisions last Saturday near Prosser.

The State Patrol said there was one fatality, an eight-month-old Kennewick boy who perished from injuries sustained in a seven-car pile-up 11 miles south of Prosser on SR-221, at County Well Road.

That accident occurred at 5:26 p.m. Saturday and troopers say the vehicles collided due to poor visibility caused by a dust storm.

Lower Valley residents injured in the seven-car accident included Martin Fig-ueroa, 17, of Grandview.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, there was a six-vehicle pile-up on I-82 seven miles east of Prosser. That accident involved five cars and a semi-truck.

No Lower Valley residents were injured in that chain accident, according to state troopers.

The third accident was also on I-82 seven miles east of Prosser and involved a four-car pile-up…also involving blowing dust and smoke that limited visibility.

Sunnyside residents injured in that collision, say troopers, included Robert Gonzalez, 53, who was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger, along with his passengers, Nora Gonzalez, 47, and Alexandria Gonzalez, 19.

While the first two accidents referenced here remain under investigation and charges are still pending, troopers stated that failure to control speed was the cause of the third accident.

The State Patrol says it cited Gonzalez, the driver of the Dodge Charger; Esteban Banda, 29, of Pasco, driver of a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta; and Timothy Dorko, 35, driver of a 2013 GMC Terrain, for failure to control speed.


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