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Two injured in separate motor vehicle accidents

An 8-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man sustained injuries as the result of two separate motor vehicle accidents this past Friday and Saturday.

The youngster was knocked from his bicycle by a motorist in Granger last Saturday afternoon.

According to the Washington State Patrol, 8-year-old Dominick Townsend of Granger was struck by a 1997 Chrysler Sebring driven by Dianna Ramos, 27, of Granger. WSP officers report that the youngster was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Mentzer Ave., and turned onto the street from between two parked cars. The Chrysler struck the boy's bicycle.

He was transported by ambulance to the Toppenish hospital. Ramos was not injured in the 1:20 p.m. accident as a result of the collision, and there was no damage to her car.

The WSP said the cause of the accident was inattention on the part of the boy.

The previous day, at about 11:30 a.m. last Friday, 40-year-old Mark E. Phillips of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho rolled his 2001 Ford F-350 pick-up truck on I-82 near the Grandview off-ramp. Phillips was sent to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center to receive treatment for his injuries.

WSP officers report that Phillips was westbound on I-82 and it is believed he fell asleep at the wheel. The truck drifted off the left side of the freeway, but Phillips awoke and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to rotate clockwise. The truck then struck a guardrail, rolling over the top of it before coming to rest on the passenger side of the pick-up.

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