A series of five traffic accidents this past weekend led to the deaths of four valley residents.
One was in the area of Forsell Road and North Forsell Road, where Grandview residents Abelino Ayala Saucedo, 77, and Margarita Saucedo, 76, were killed when State troopers say the Nissan Sentra they were riding in crossed the centerline and collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe.
The driver of the Sentra, Maria Arreguin, 44 of Grandview, was injured and transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital.
The driver of the Tahoe, Angela Marie Ott, 32, of Toppenish, was injured and taken to Prosser Memorial Hospital.
Three children in the Tahoe were also injured and hospitalized; Taylor Colson, 14; Reagen Colson, 12; and Kylie Colson, 12.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the State Patrol. Troopers did rule out drugs or alcohol as a factor.
In another vehicle fatality this past weekend, two-year-old Devinee Miron Cardenas died when she ran behind a Chevrolet Tahoe backing out of the driveway in the 600 block of Brewer Road in Grandview. The driver of the Tahoe, Ulises Miron Gomez, 26, was uninjured. Troopers say drugs or alcohol were not factors.
A third fatal accident this past weekend took place in the area of Summitview Road and Klendon Drive in Yakima. Troopers say Sesar Villa Cruz, 17, of Yakima died when he lost control of the Toyota Camry he was driving as it traveled at a high rate of speed and rolled, ejecting him.
The State Patrol says the cause of the accident is under investigation. The agency says it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
Driving under the influence was cited by troopers as the cause for a two-vehicle injury accident this weekend at East Highway 22 and Meyers Road, near Toppenish. The State Patrol says Guillermo Rivas, 42, of Toppenish and his Chevy Trail Blazer continued into the intersection and collided with a Chevy Cavalier driven by Mayra Hurtado, 28, of Sunnyside.
Hurtado and a passenger in her car, Jose Ramirez Soto, were injured and transported to Yakima Regional Hospital.
Rivas was charged with driving under the influence, the State Patrol said.
Another injury accident this past weekend took place on South 395 at Columbia Drive in Benton County, where troopers say Brandon S. Neily, 23 of Kennewick, lost control of his Mitsubishi Galant while attempting to pass. The State Patrol said he struck a guardrail and the car came to rest on the exit ramp to Columbia Drive.
Trooper say driving under the influence is suspected as being the cause of the accident and that Neily was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.