Monday, November 13, 2006
GRANDVIEW - A Prosser man drowned this past weekend after jumping into the Yakima River to elude Grandview police.
The chain of events began early last Friday just before 1:30 a.m. when a Grandview officer said he spotted a 1988 BMW speeding and attempted to stop it in the 1100 block of Euclid Avenue.
The officer reports he followed the vehicle for another two miles before the BMW, traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and came to rest on the north bank of the Yakima River.
At that point the officer said the driver left the car and jumped into the river. A police report shows that the man was swept out of sight.
The man, identified this morning as 23-year-old Tony Arroyo by County Coroner Maurice Rice, was not found during a search by Grandview police, a Mabton police officer and Yakima County Fire Department personnel.
According to a statement from the State Patrol, this past Saturday morning friends of Arroyo's family located his body against the south river bank, about a quarter-mile downstream from the crash location.
Arroyo's body was finally recovered from the river just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday by a joint effort of state, county and local law enforcement officials, as well as Yakima County Search and Rescue.
Rice confirmed for the Daily Sun News this morning that Arroyo's cause of death was by drowning.