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One Killed, One Injured in Three-Vehicle Wreck in Washington

December 26, 2018

SUNNYSIDE, WA. – One person was killed and another person was injured in a three-vehicle wreck in Sunnyside, Washington, according to an online news report from The cause of the crash has not yet been reported, but authorities have said charges are pending.*

34-year-old Rafael L. Verduzco, of Sunnyside, was driving a tractor-trailer from a private driveway onto State Route 241 in Sunnyside. Verduzco crossed into the northbound lanes of the highway and was attempting to turn south, when a northbound 1993 Nissan pickup truck crashed into the tractor-trailer. Thereafter, a 2009 Ford Escape crashed into both vehicles. 

Verduzco was not injured in the crash. The name of the carrier he was working for at the time of the crash, if any, was not reported. The driver of the Nissan pickup, 24-year-old Jesus Cohetzaltitla, of Sunnyside, tragically died at the scene. The driver of the Escape, 62-year-old Randall J. Adkins, of Prosser, Washington, was injured and transported to Prosser Memorial Health Hospital. The extent of his injuries and his current medical condition are not known. 

It is not yet clear what caused the crash. Authorities did not say whether Verduzco failed to yield or whether Cohetzaltitla was potentially at fault. Washington State Patrol said the crash was still under investigation, and charges were pending. Troopers did not say against whom charges might be filed, if anyone. Alcohol and drugs have not yet been ruled out as possible factors to the crash. No additional information has been reported at this time. 

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