Man Facing Vehicular Homicide Charges

A man faces vehicular homicide charges after one of his passengers is killed in a wreck earlier this month.

Police say Jesus Benitez was driving a car along the 1600 block of East Beech Street in Yakima, along with two other passengers.

Benitez allegedly left the roadway onto a gravel shoulder, and collided with a tree, ejecting one of the passengers, Jose Valencia.

Valencia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Court documents state Benitez appeared to be under the influence at the time of the collision -- tests have been sent off to the state crime lab.

His bail is set at $150,000

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