Toppenish teen hurt in I-82 crash

— A 19-year-old man from Toppenish was injured early yesterday morning when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a parked vehicle at a construction zone.

Gerardo Pacheco, 19, was driving a gray 2007 Chevrolet Aveo 4-door eastbound on Interstate 82 at 2:14 in the morning when he collision occurred at milepost 38, the Washington State Patrol said.

The State Patrol said Pacheco was wearing a proper safety restraint, but it was not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Pacheco was taken by ambulance Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima.

The second vehicle was unoccupied. It was a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup. Both vehicles were totaled and towed away.

The cause was still being investigated yesterday, and charges were pending.


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