Drinking and driving blamed for I-82 fatality

A 22-year-old Pasco man died when his 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe rolled several times on I-82 near Sunnyside early Sunday morning.

Washington State Patrol troopers report the cause of the accident was driving while intoxicated.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Arturo Navarro-Aguilar, 22, of Pasco. He was the driver of the Chevy Tahoe that was totaled in the rollover. WSP troopers report that Aguilar was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

According to the WSP, Aguilar was eastbound on I-82 at about 3 a.m. yesterday morning when he lost control of his vehicle about one mile east of Sunnyside, near the site of Black Rock Creek Golf Course. The Tahoe entered the median, rolling multiple times before coming to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lane.

The westbound lane of I-82 was closed to motorists until about 7:05 a.m. Sunday morning.

A passenger in the Chevy Tahoe survived the rollover, although he sustained injuries that required hospitalization at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. He is Fernando U. Quinonez-Gomez, 22, of Kennewick. He, like Aguilar, was wearing a seatbelt.


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