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Motorist runs stop sign, three injured

OUTLOOK - A Toppenish man, whom Washington State Patrol troopers said failed to stop at a stop sign, is being blamed for a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday afternoon (Monday).

The 5:15 p.m. accident resulted in three people being transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital. One of those injured was a Sunnyside resident-33-year-old Hector Fonseca Jr.

According to the WSP, Juan P. Cortes-Vegas, 23, of Toppenish was the driver of a 1994 Pontiac Grand-Am. WSP troopers report that Cortes-Vegas was southbound on North Outlook Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at the Independence Road intersection. His car struck Fonseca's 2004 Chevrolet pick-up truck, which was westbound on Independence Road.

The WSP said negligent driving charges will be filed against Cortes-Vega. He, a passenger in the Grand-Am, 20-year-old Jorge Cortes-Vega of Toppenish, and Fonseca all sustained injuries in the collision. All three were sent to Sunnyside Community Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and released.

Both vehicles were totaled in the wreck.

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