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4th of July weekend accidents claim lives of Grandview youngsters

GRANDVIEW - A toddler nearly two months shy of her second birthday and a teen, both from Grandview, died during accidents over the Fourth of July weekend.

The first fatality was just after 9 p.m. this past Saturday, when Grandview police were dispatched to the 400 block of West Wine Country Road and found the 21-month-old girl in the family swimming pool.

CPR was in progress when officers arrived, and it was continued while she was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The girl was identified as Mya M. Sanchez, according to Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins. He noted an autopsy is planned later today to confirm the cause of death.

Grandview's assistant police chief, Mark Ware, said the girl apparently drowned in a pool with about two feet of water. He said the girl was in the back yard pool, while her parents were in the front yard. He said one of the parents was apparently talking on the phone.

"You know how quick kids can get away from you," Ware said. "It's a tragedy."

A second Grandview youngster, 17-year-old Adan M. Gonzalez, died while setting off fireworks in the southbound lane of Waneta Road, about two miles south of Sunnyside.

The State Patrol said Gonzalez was discharging the fireworks with his back to oncoming traffic and was struck and killed by a 1996 Plymouth Voyager driven by Jorge J. Estrada, 45, also of Grandview.

Gonzalez died at the scene, the State Patrol reported.

Estrada was not injured in the accident and the State Patrol also reported his vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damage.

The State Patrol did not bring any charges against Estrada, but in its report noted the accident remains under investigation.

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