As of Monday, April 25, 2016
PROSSER Four people are recovering from injuries sustained since Friday in two crashes involving Lower Valley residents.
Three were injured Saturday in a two-car crash at Milepost 79 on Interstate 82. An improper lane change caused the crash, the State Patrol said.
Michael Lopez, 58, of Sunnyside was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. He attempted to merge into a lane when he struck a 1999 Nissan Altima, driven by Gerald Hopkins, 47, of Pasco, troopers said.
Lopez and his passenger, Elsa Martinez, 47, of Grandview were injured and taken to PMH Medical Center.
Hopkins was also injured and taken to PMH Medical Center.
All three were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, troopers said.
Lopez was charged with an improper lane change, the State Patrol said.
The State Patrol said drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
Two Prosser residents escaped injury Friday in a three-car crash near Pasco at Milepost 295 of state Highway 12.
Patricia Maciel, 34, of Prosser was driving a 1982 Nissan pickup when it was struck by a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Abdirazak A. Jamma, 25, of Kennewick, troopers said.
Maciel’s pickup struck 2016 Ford Explorer driven by Delila A. Hollowayt of Weston, Ore. The State Patrol said Hollowayt had slowed for traffic.
Abdirazak’s passenger, Isman I. Ali, 21, of Kennewick, was injured and taken to Lourdes Medical Center, troopers said.
All except a one-year-old passenger in Maciel’s vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, the State Patrol said.
The crash’s cause is under investigation and charges are pending, troopers said.