Two women hurt in pile-up outside of Sunnyside yesterday

A Sunnyside woman, as well as a 28-year-old female from Toppenish suffered injuries yesterday afternoon as the result of a three-car accident at SR-241 and Sheller Road, near Sunnyside.

Washington State Patrol officials indicate that 50-year-old Sacremento Fernandez Sotelo of Toppenish is to blame for the collision, which occurred at about 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

WSP troopers report that Sotelo was behind the wheel of a 2000 Dodge Caravan, southbound on SR-241. They said he turned left onto Sheller Road in front of an oncoming vehicle, failing to yield the right-of-way to a 1999 Honda Civic sedan, which was northbound on the two-lane state highway.

The Honda Civic, driven by Mayra Ramirez, 28, of Toppenish, struck Sotelo’s Dodge van. The collision caused Ramirez’s Honda Civic to careen into a 2009 four-door Mitsubishi Lancer, which was stopped in the westbound lane on Sheller Road at the stop sign. The motorist behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi was Ernesto Ramirez, 22, of Mabton.

Ramirez, said the WSP, escaped injury. Although his Mitsubishi sustained damage, he was able to drive his car from the scene.

The driver of the Dodge van that allegedly caused the accident yesterday, Sotelo, avoided injuries, too. But, a passenger in his vehicle, 32-year-old Monique R. Banda of Sunnyside, was injured. She was transported by ambulance to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

The Toppenish woman, the driver of the Honda Civic, also sustained injuries and was sent to the Sunnyside hospital, as well


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