KPD: Teenage Driver May Have Had Medical Issue When She Hit & Killed Pedestrian

The Kennewick Police Department said the 16-year-old driver that struck and killed a pedestrian (seen in photo) and injured another may have had a medical issue that caused her to lose control of her car.

Tara Batey was driving through the round-a-bout of W. Gage Blvd. and N. Center Parkway On August 23rd when she hit a rock, her airbags deployed and she hit Raquel Middleton and Ty Cornwell.

Middleton was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center where she pronounced bran dead.

Cornwell, Middleton's boyfriends, suffered a cut to one of his arms.

It's not clear whether Batey will be charged, the prosecutor's office has not received any paperwork on this matter.

Middleton's family will be hosting a spaghetti feed to raise money for funeral costs this Thursday at 5 p.m. at Kennewick Valley Grange on Washington St.

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