OTHELLO — A 7-year-old Moses Lake girl was killed in a car accident near Pasco Monday, while a separate accident injured two people near the Vantage Bridge. An Eltopia man was injured in a different accident near Othello. The windy weather, accompanied by snow in some areas, led to numerous traffic accidents around eastern Washington.
The girl was killed in a one-vehicle accident about 10 miles north of Pasco, according to an accident memo from the Washington State Patrol. The accident occurred about 5 p.m., the WSP memo said. The car, a 2004 Toyota pickup driven by Crystal Sullivan, 31, Moses Lake, was traveling north on Highway 395 when Sullivan lost control, the memo said. The car rolled and came to rest on the northbound shoulder.
The girl was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the WSP report. Sullivan was injured and transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. Three other children in the car, ages 10, 9 and 7, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. The accident is still under investigation. The girl was a student at Longview Elementary, and Moses Lake School District Superintendent Josh Meek posted a letter of condolence on the school’s Facebook page.
“In discussing this young lady with staff, it was clear that she was a very special young person, bright, capable and personable. She was a pleasure to have in class and proudly attended Longview with the rest of her siblings,” Meek wrote. “This family and their friends are suffering deeply. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Two people were injured when a semi-truck lost control, ran over the barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes and hit oncoming cars about two miles east of the Vantage Bridge Monday afternoon. The accident occurred about 1 p.m.
Rehman Hyat, 31, Live Oak, Cal., was driving west on I-90 when his Freightliner truck hit the barrier between the lanes, jumped over it into the eastbound lanes and hit a passenger vehicle driven by David Mydans, 72, Seattle. The Mydans vehicle, a 2018 Subaru Forester, was hit by a third car, driven by Cynthia Logan, 67, Mead, according to the WSP. Logan was injured and transported to Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Pierre Bustanoby, 74, Hadlock, a passenger in the Mydans vehicle, also was injured and was transported to CWH.
The truck came to rest blocking one eastbound and one westbound lane, while the cars blocked the remaining eastbound lane. Original reports from the WSP had five people injured and taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.
A 20-year-old Eltopia man was injured when his car was rear-ended by a semi about 14 miles southwest of Othello Monday night. The accident occurred about 4 p.m. Jackson Stredwick was driving east on SR 24 when his car, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was run into from behind by a Peterbilt semi-truck driven by Daniel Lopez Zuniga, 22, Othello. Both vehicles ended up off the roadway.
Stredwick was transported to Othello Community Hospital. The WSP memo said the accident was caused by low visibility. It’s still under investigation.
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