Man Dies in Early Friday Morning Crash in Yakima
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!