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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 Hospital.

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.

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