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Two men hurt in separate auto mishaps

A pair of Lower Yakima Valley men sustained injuries in two separate automobile accidents that occurred yesterday (Sunday).

The first happened early Sunday morning at about 1:30 a.m. The motorist who required medical treatment at Sunnyside Community Hospital was 37-year-old Mark W. Gourneau of Mabton.

Gourneau, the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala, was southbound on SR-241 near Sunnyside. WSP troopers report he was trailing another southbound vehicle, a 1994 Honda Accord driven by Raul Cuevas Flores, 35, of Mabton.

Flores’ Honda Accord, say troopers, was broad-sided by a 1997 Nissan Sentra. According to the WSP, the driver of the Nissan – 32-year-old Antonio M. Perez of Grandview – ran a stop sign and collided with Flores’ Honda Accord in the intersection of the highway.

Gourneau’s Chevy Impala then struck the vehicle he had been trailing.

The WSP said neither Perez nor Flores were injured as a result of the first collision. Both men, according to troopers, were wearing safety restraints at the time of the accident.

Gourneau, who was transported to the Sunnyside hospital for medical treatment, was listed by the WSP as not wearing a seatbelt.

All three vehicles involved in the series of collisions on SR-241 were totaled. Troopers say charges are pending.

In a separate mishap on Sunday - at about 10:50 p.m. on I-82 near the Sunnyside city limits at milepost 70 - a rear end collision sent Juan M. Cuevas-Perez of Sunnyside to the local hospital.

The WSP said the 20-year-old Cuevas-Perez was aboard a 2001 Honda CBR-900 motorcycle, traveling eastbound on I-82 at a high rate of speed.

A 2005 Dodge Neon, also eastbound and also traveling well above the speed limit, rear ended the motorcycle when Cuevas-Perez slowed. Behind the wheel of the car was Erik Bravo, 21, of Sunnyside. He did not sustain any injuries.

The Washington State Patrol indicated that it will likely file reckless driving charges.

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