Crash injures four near Granger

Investigation under way by sheriff’s office

A car and a pick-up end up on the side of the road after an injury crash last night at the intersection of Van Belle Road and Yakima Valley Highway.

Photo by John Fannin
A car and a pick-up end up on the side of the road after an injury crash last night at the intersection of Van Belle Road and Yakima Valley Highway.



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A first responder applies a neck brace to one of four people injured in a two-vehicle crash last night near Granger.

— Four Lower Yakima Valley residents are recovering today from a two-vehicle crash near Granger last night.

Eleasar Mendoza, 48, of Outlook was eastbound on Yakima Valley Highway when his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu crashed into a pick-up driven by a 59-year-old man from Pasco.

The Pasco man was westbound on Van Belle Road and failed to stop at a stop sign, Yakima County Deputy Sheriff Derek Artz said.

“He blew through it,” Artz said. The crash was reported at 6:17 p.m. yesterday.

Mendoza and his wife, Maria, 45, were injured and taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital, Artz said.

The driver of the pick-up, a 1994 Chevrolet S10, complained of chest pains and was also taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital, Artz said.

The Pasco man’s passenger, a 61-year-old woman, complained of neck pain but did not go the hospital, he said.

He declined to identify the driver or passenger in the pick-up.

Charges are pending against the pick-up driver, Artz said.

“An alcohol intoxication investigation is under way,” he said.

Traffic backed up on Van Belle Road for nearly two hours last night while emergency responders were on site.

One of those at the scene was 12-year-old Fidel Alvarez of Yakima. The Mendozas are his uncle and aunt, Alvarez said.

“We were just coming to visit them,” Alvarez said with his father nearby. “Then we saw their car.”



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