A fatal one-vehicle crash early Friday morning is under investigation by the Yakima Police Department. Authorities say the crash was reported at about 3:00 am at the intersection of South 80th Avenue and West Nob Hill Blvd. A news release from the Yakima Police Department says "a 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup was traveling westbound on Nob Hill Blvd. The vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign and left the roadway, striking a tree head on. The driver of the truck, a 38-year-old man from Keizer Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene."

Authorities say the man killed was not wearing a seatbelt

Police say the driver was not wearing a seat belt. They say speed and intoxicants are suspected causes in the collision. Yakima Police are investigating the crash. The crash Friday morning is the latest in a string of fatal crashes reported in Yakima and throughout the lower Yakima Valley over the last two months.

A number of drivers have died in crashes so far this year

One of the first fatal crashes in the city was reported on March 20 at the intersection of 48th Avenue and Washington Avenue. A three vehicle crash resulted in two deaths. Then two other fatality crashes were reported in the month of March in the lower Yakima Valley. All the crashes remain under investigation as authorities work to create a safer intersection at 48th and Washington in Yakima.

April is distracted Driving Awareness Month

Emphasis patrols are underway this month which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the state of Washington. Washington State Patrol Troopers along with local authorities from Yakima and Selah will be conducting the patrols all month. Their best advice? Put down the phone and drive!

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

LOOK: Route 66’s quirkiest and most wonderful attractions state by state

Stacker compiled a list of 50 attractions--state by state--to see along the drive, drawing on information from historic sites, news stories, Roadside America, and the National Park Service. Keep reading to discover where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.

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