Woman injured in crash

Other driver failed to give right of way

Paramedics and other emergency personnel tend to Renee Selander after her Subaru Legacy was totaled as a result of another motorist failing to stop for oncoming traffic at the intersection of Forsell and Hornby roads.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Paramedics and other emergency personnel tend to Renee Selander after her Subaru Legacy was totaled as a result of another motorist failing to stop for oncoming traffic at the intersection of Forsell and Hornby roads.



— A Mabton woman on her way to a card game is suffering minor injuries after her car struck another vehicle Monday.

At about 1 p.m. Renee Selander, 74, was eastbound on Forsell Road when a southbound Ford Ranger, driven by 19-year-old Geraldo Alvarez of Sunnyside, on Hornby Road failed to stop at a stop sign. The pickup crossed in front of Selander’s Subaru Legacy.

When the Legacy collided with the Ranger, the pickup flipped several times before coming to a stop in a ditch southeast of the intersection, according to witnesses.

Yakima County Fire District No. 5, two Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies and ambulances from PMH Medical Services arrived at the scene.

Selander’s husband, Melvin Selander, said he arrived shortly after the crash.

“She was on her way to a card game,” he said.

There were witnesses in a nearby hop field. Their supervisor said his employees reported seeing a woman inside the pick-up snatch a flying baby who was unsecured in the cab.

The Sheriff’s Office said the passengers in the pick-up were Accadia Ramirez, 16, and an 11-month-old infant. Both are from Sunnyside.

Deputy Scot Swallow said all three occupants of the pick-up were secured at the time of the crash, and Ramirez received cuts to her face from broken glass. The infant was unharmed, he said.

Ramirez and the infant were taken to Astria Sunnyside Hospital “… to be checked out,” Swallow said.

Alvarez, who was not hurt, was cited for negligent driving, and both vehicles were deemed a total loss, Swallow said. They were removed from the scene by towing services.



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