Young man dies in car crash

Resident of area: Road a drag strip

Kathleen Rogers of Waneta Road, first to report the crash that took the life of 24-year-old Heriberto Maya Jr. just after midnight last Sunday on Waneta Road, also snapped this picture of the wreckage.

Kathleen Rogers
Kathleen Rogers of Waneta Road, first to report the crash that took the life of 24-year-old Heriberto Maya Jr. just after midnight last Sunday on Waneta Road, also snapped this picture of the wreckage.



— Five days after a fatal crash on Waneta Road south of the city, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is releasing details of the incident still under investigation.

The Washington State Patrol responded to the call as well and left the reporting of the accident to the sheriff’s office

Heriberto Maya Jr., 24, of Grandview was pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:20 a.m. Dec. 17 in the 2000 block of Waneta Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Kathleen Rogers, who lives on Waneta Road, said the crash took place very near to her home. The Daily Sun learned of the crash from her.

Rogers got up to see what happened, and there were “flashing emergency lights all over the place.”

Rogers said she has feared this type of crash over the years. She said young people have used the road for drag racing for years.

“It’s often two little Hondas going down the road side-by-side,” she said.

Rogers hopes this crash will bring attention to the situation. She said Hondas seem to be the popular cars for drag racing.

Investigation showed that Maya had been travelling northbound at a rate of speed over the posted 50 MPH, the sheriff’s office said. Maya was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, the sheriff’s office reported.

“The car had left the right side of the roadway and then traveled back across the roadway, where the car was sliding sideways and left the roadway,” an incident report said. “The passenger side of the car struck a tree, causing extensive damage to the car.”

The Sheriff’s Office said there are “indications that Maya was impaired/intoxicated.”

Toxicology results are pending, the sheriff’s office said.



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