Two injured in four-car pile-up

PROSSER - Three motorists who arrived on the scene of a one-vehicle rollover this past Sunday morning ended up with damaged vehicles.

The Washington State Patrol reports that Juan Carlos Mendoza, 19, of Sunnyside fell asleep at the wheel of a 1998 Mazda 626 while traveling westbound on I-82 Sunday morning, at about 3:30 a.m. WSP troopers said the Mazda entered the median along I-82, near milepost 79, and rolled.

Another westbound motorist, 27-year-old Cristina B. Zavala of Grandview, slowed for the first collision and attempted to move to the shoulder of the roadway. WSP troopers said a trailing vehicle, a 1995 Mercury Mystique driven by 23-year-old Yaneth Garcia-Ramirez of Prosser, struck Zavala's 1992 Geo Prism in the rear. The Mercury was then struck in the rear by a 1999 Honda Accord, driven by 18-year-old Maria G. Valdovinos of Grandview.

Neither Zavala, Garcia-Ramirez nor Valdovinos were injured, said WSP troopers. The Geo Prism was driven from the scene, but the Mystique and Accord were taken to towing yards.

Both Mendoza and a passenger in the Mazda that rolled in the median, 18-year-old Jenny P. Miranda of Sunnyside, sustained injuries. They were both transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital to receive medical treatment. Mendoza's vehicle was towed from the scene.


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