22-year-old Buena man killed in head-on crash on Yakima highway, three others seriously injured

Fatal Yakima Valley highway crash
Credit: YCSO

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — A 22-year-old Buena man is dead after a violent head-on crash on the Yakima Valley Highway.

On Feb. 14, multiple officers rushed to the 6700 block of Yakima Valley Highway shortly after 7 p.m. When they arrived, two cars were mangled. One was a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 1999 Honda Accord.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, four people were injured — two in each car.

The 22-year-old driver of the Honda, whose name has not been released, died at the scene from massive head trauma. His passenger, a 24-year-old man, was sent to Yakima Memorial for severe injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac, a 22-year-old Wapato man, was sent to Yakima Memorial as well. He was then sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for critical injuries. A 17-year-old Toppenish teen, the passenger in the Pontiac, was also sent to Yakima Memorial.

According to investigators, the Pontiac was heading east on the highway and was going over the 55 mph speed limit. The sheriff’s office said the driver of the Pontiac crossed over the center line and hit the Honda head-on.

“The force of the impact pushed the Honda back towards the east about 50 feet and off of the roadway,” the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said. “Speed, alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor by the driver of the Pontiac.”

The conditions of the surviving victims are unknown.