Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The sirens that Sunnyside residents living along SR-241 heard at about 8:20 p.m. last night were emergency rescue personnel racing to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident.
Washington State Patrol troopers report that a 2000 Dodge Durango crashed along what is commonly called the Hanford Highway (SR-241), approximately 15 miles north of Sunnyside. The WSP said Arnoldo Cerrillo, 55, of Othello, the driver of the Durango, was speeding too fast for the wet weather conditions. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels.
Cerrillo faces a charge of speeding too fast for the prevailing conditions.
He, along with four passengers in the Dodge Durango, sustained injuries in the rollover. Cerrillo, as well as 23-year-old Kera D. Evans and 4-year-old Gaberial Evans, both of Othello, were transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima. The two other passengers-44-year-old James E. Van Cleve and 45-year-old Michael W. Anderson, both of Spokane-were sent to Sunnyside Community Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Anderson, said the WSP, is the only one of the five injured parties known to have been wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident.
The Dodge Durango was totaled as a result of the one-vehicle crash.