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Grandview man perishes in two-vehicle collision

GRANDVIEW - A 28-year-old Grandview man died yesterday morning as the result of a two-vehicle collision.

According to the Washington State Patrol, alcohol was a factor in Thursday's mishap. As of yesterday afternoon, criminal charges were still pending, though.

The man who died at the scene of the accident has been identified as 28-year-old Jose L. Martinez of Grandview. He was a passenger in a 1984 Ford Ranger pick-up driven by Martin Alvarez-Chavez, 32, of Grandview.

Alvarez-Chavez sustained injuries in the collision and was transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital, but has since been released.

According to WSP troopers, the two Grandview men were westbound on Yakima Valley Highway in the Ford pick-up at about 9:15 a.m. yesterday morning when Alvarez-Chavez lost control of the truck. The pick-up crossed the center line and was struck broadside by a 1991 Toyota pick-up, driven by J. Trinidad Reyna, 57, of Mabton. Reyna suffered injuries and was sent to Sunnyside Community Hospital to receive medical attention.

Both vehicles were totaled as a result of the collision, which occurred on Yakima Valley Highway near North Puterbaugh Road.

A 15-year-old youngster in Reyna's truck, Antonio Reyna of Mabton, also sustained injuries and was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

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