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Four-vehicle crash kills Walla Walla woman

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on August 13, 2018 6:45PM

Last changed on August 13, 2018 7:57PM

Two locals were involved in a four-vehicle crash Monday that took the life of a Walla Walla woman.

The Washington State Patrol reported the deadly wreck occurred about 7:15 a.m. near College Place on State Route 125 and Old Milton Highway.

A gray 2003 Volkswagen Passat and a white 2013 Volkswagen Jetta were stopped at the traffic light northbound on State Route 125 at Old Milton Highway, and a black 2011 Hyundai Sonata was eastbound on Old Milton Highway at State Route 125 when a yellow 2002 Nissan Xterra heading south 125 failed to yield to the traffic control device. According to the state patrol, the Nissan crashed into the Hyundai in the intersection, then collided with the two Volkswagens.

Ruby Gonzalez-Romero, 27, of Milton-Freewater drove the Passat, and McKenzie R. Fuhrman, 24, of Weston, drove the Jetta. An ambulance took Gonzalez-Romero to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, while Fuhrman was uninjured.

Flor I. Perez, 38, of Walla Walla drove the Nissan. She also went to St. Mary.

Sydney L. English-Hawkins, 23, of Walla Walla, drove the Hyundai. She died at the scene. Washington State Patrol also reported a 1-year-old girl and 3-month-old boy were in the Hyundai. They suffered injures and also went to St. Mary.

Washington State Patrol reported the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.

Oregon State Police responded to several crashes during the weekend, including the following, and none involved injuries:

• Friday at 11:01 p.m. — Mahlon Paul Zehr, 33, of Milton-Freewater was driving a white Ford F150 east on Interstate 84 when he grew drowsy near milepost 196 and drifted into the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a trailer.

• Saturday at 7:09 p.m. — Bryon Christopher Vandenakker, 41, of Lancaster, California, crashed after trying to pass a semi-tractor. He was heading south on Highway 11 near milepost 18 and tried to pass in the right lane. As that lane merged with the left lane, Vandenakker lost control. The car left the east side of the highway and came to a stop in a field. State police reported the damage to his car was probably less than $2,500.

• Saturday at 10:39 p.m. — State police responded to the Interstate 84 eastbound exit at milepost 210 to find flames engulfing a white Nissan Maxima, but the driver, Daniel Dewey Ocacio, 33, of Madras, was not in sight.

Pendleton police later found Ocacio and arrested him on an warrant for a probation violation, plus charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering, and hit and run, which stem from the crash.


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