Sunnyside man dies in rollover
A Sunnyside man, 26-year-old Emmanuel G. Garcia, died early
this morning after the car he was riding in rolled over an embankment on
SR-241, about 10 miles north of Sunnyside.
The one-vehicle accident occurred at about 2:40 a.m. Monday
morning. Garcia died about two and a half hours later at Sunnyside Community
According to the Washington State Patrol, the 1996 Cadillac
Escalade in which Garcia was a passenger was driven by Alfredo Mendez, 22, of
Sunnyside. Mendez was transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital, where he was
treated, then released and booked into the Sunnyside jail. Mendez, say WSP
troopers, is facing vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges.
The WSP believes Mendez, suspected of being under the
influence of alcohol, was southbound on SR-241. Troopers said he failed to
negotiate a curve to the left and his automobile veered off the roadway and
over an embankment and rolled. Garcia, they said, was ejected from the vehicle,
as was another passenger—15-year-old Francisco Sanchez of Sunnyside. Sanchez
was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital, then taken to Seattle’s
Harborview Medical Center.
A third passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Francisco R.
Samaniego of Sunnyside, was taken by ambulance to Prosser Memorial Hospital.
Yakima County Commission candidate to speak in S’side May 19
A candidate for Yakima County Commissioner Jesse Palacios’
seat, East Valley School Board Director Rand Elliott, will be the guest speaker
at the Friday, May 19, Sunnyside Republican Club meeting.
Friday’s breakfast meeting, to begin at 7 a.m. at the Sunny
Spot Restaurant, is open to the public.
Miss Mabton candidates selling pageant tickets
MABTON – The candidates for the 2006-07 title of Miss Mabton
are now selling raffle tickets to the general public, at a cost of $1 each.
This year’s Miss Mabton Pageant will be held Friday, June 9,
at 7 p.m. at Artz-Fox Elementary School. Admission prices are set at $5 for
adults, $3 for students and $2 for small children.
Pageant coordinator Rachel Ruelas said visiting royalty from
other Yakima Valley towns and cities are asked to reserve their seats for the
pageant now by calling her at 894-4964.