Sunnyside girl killed in crash

TOPPENISH - Sunnyside resident Nancy Morfin, 10, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in near Toppenish Saturday, July 3, just before 9 p.m. Also killed in the accident was 9-year-old Stephanie Rodriguez of Wapato.

The accident closed State Route 22 at milepost 5, one mile east of Toppenish between Larue and Division roads for more than three hours.

Morfin and Rodriguez were riding in a 1992 Plymouth Voyager driven by Teresa A. Morfin, 49, of Sunnyside.

Teresa Morfin was driving the van westbound on State Route 22 and attempted to turn left into a driveway west of Larue Road when it was broadsided by an eastbound Nissan Pathfinder driven by Alfredo Solis-Juarez, 36, of Oregon City, Ore., according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Sharpe.

T. Morfin was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Passengers in Morfin's vehicle, Daisy Zapata, 3, of Toppenish; Yaquelin Rodriguez, 2, and Yovana Rodriguez, 5, both of Wapato, were transported to Yakima Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to Sharpe. No additional information is being released on the condition of the three youngsters at this time, according to a nursing supervisor at Yakima Memorial Hospital.

Soliz-Juarez and Veronica Solis-Gutierrez, 35, of Oregon City, Ore. were both taken to Yakima Regional Hospital for treatment. There is no additional information available on the status of Solis-Juarez and Solis-Gutierrez.

Eric Solis, 11, and Johnny Solis, 18, both of Oregon City, Ore. were transported to Toppenish Community Hospital, where both were treated and released.

Investigators are unsure if any of the 10 people in the accident were wearing their seatbelts, but Sharpe listed the two-year-old's child restraint as not strapped in.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail


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