Two Grandview women required hospitalization last Friday morning after their cars were rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Yakima Valley Highway and SR-241 in Sunnyside.
The Friday, Nov. 24, accident occurred at about 9:15 a.m.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 1996 Chevrolet pick-up truck registered to Manuel M. Orona, 81, of Sunnyside rear-ended a 1991 Mazda four-door sedan, driven by 35-year-old Jana R. Waywell of Grandview. The Mazda was struck hard enough to cause it to plow into the vehicle stopped ahead of it, a 1997 Nissan Sentra, driven by 31-year-old Maria T. Sanchez of Grandview. All three vehicles were westbound on Yakima Valley Highway.
WSP troopers report that the driver of the Chevy truck fled the scene. It was later located at the residence of Orona. Charges, according to the WSP, are pending. The pick-up sustained approximately $1,500 worth of damages.
Waywell was sent by ambulance to Sunnyside Community Hospital. Her Mazda sedan was totaled.
Sanchez's Nissan, with about $800 worth of damages, was driven from the scene. She was taken by private vehicle to the Sunnyside hospital.