3-Year-Old Boy Injured in Lower Valley Crash
Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies are reminding drivers to stop at stop signs and obey the speed limit after a crash on Thursday in which a 3-year-old boy was injured, not 5-years-old as previously reported.
The crash was reported at about 1 Thursday afternoon
Deputies were called to the intersection of South Wapato Road and Branch Road at about 1:00 pm Thursday. They found a two vehicle collision at the intersection and a 3-year-old boy who had been ejected from one of the vehicles.
The boy suffered head trauma and was flown to Harborview
The boy was suffering from head trauma and Deputies helped the boy until medics arrived. The boy was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital but then later was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The boy remains in stable condition. His parents are at the hospital Today.
A press release from the Sheriff's Office gives more details
A press release from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office says an investigation "showed that the driver and grandmother of the 3-year-old child, identified as 43-year-old Misty Morrison from the Hermiston Oregon area, was traveling west on Branch Rd approaching S. Wapato Rd when one of the two children (the other was a 1 year old boy who did not sustain any severe injuries, both in car seats and in the back seat of the car) had unbuckled himself and she was reaching towards the rear seat to the get him re-buckled and had not seen that she was approaching a stop sign and failed to stop."
The 3-year-old was ejected out a back window as the car spun and stopped on the side of the road."
The grandmother had minor injuries. The other driver also had minor injuries like cuts and bruises.
Deputies say the crash is another reminder that drivers must pay attention while driving, obey the speed limit, and stop at stop signs.