Grandview man injured in mishap

TOPPENISH – 71-year-old Leslie R. Soper of Grandview sustained injuries yesterday in a three-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of SR-97 and Larue Road.

The Thursday, May 18, accident happened at about 9:50 a.m.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Soper was westbound on Larue Road in a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up and turned south onto SR-97, in front of an approaching 1993 Kenworth semi-truck driven by Orin B. Bullis, 49, of Pasco. A collision occurred in the intersection. Troopers said Soper failed to yield the right-of-way to Bullis.

The crash sent Soper’s pick-up truck careening into the southbound lane of SR-97, where it collided with a southbound 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by John L. Fry, 48, of Tacoma.

WSP troopers report they’ll seek failing to yield right-of-way charges against Soper.

Soper was transported to the Toppenish hospital to be treated for his injuries, while the rider of the motorcycle, Fry, was sent to Yakima Memorial Hospital. The driver of the semi, Bullis, sustained only minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

All three vehicles were reported as totaled.

School board

in Mabton to meet Monday, May 22

MABTON – The Mabton School Board will conduct its monthly meeting next Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jr./Sr. High Media Center.

Among the agenda items is a proposal to adopt new math standards at the high school and accepting the resignations of high school educators Betsy Desmarais, Bob Thomas, Diane Thomas and John Durham.


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