UPDATE: Toddler in stable condition after being ejected from grandma’s car in Wapato

The 3-year-old's grandmother was distracted and rolled through a stop sign after the child unbuckled his seatbelt.
Image credit: Yakima County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE on 10/22/21 at 10:50 a.m.: Yakima County investigators clarified further details from a Thursday afternoon collision in Wapato that forced a toddler to be rushed to Seattle for urgent medical care.

Please be advised that local authorities misidentified the child as being 5 years old. Yakima County deputies have since announced that the injured child is only 3 years old—not 5.

Investigators learned that a 43-year-old Hermiston grandmother was traveling with her two grandchildren (3 and 1) when the older child unbuckled his seatbelt. Each of the children was previously fastened into their car seats safely in the back of her vehicle.

The grandmother reached into the backseat to buckle his seatbelt while approaching a stop sign ahead of her. Another driver was headed northbound on S. Wapato Road and had the right of way, colliding with the grandmother’s vehicle.

Her vehicle began to spin toward a power pole, causing it to rotate and veer into a field area off the side of the road. The 3-year-old child was ejected through a broken rear window and landed roughly 25 feet from the car.

As of this morning, the young child is stable and awake at the hospital. He has been responsive to his parents, who are with him.

Yakima County deputies, Wapato Police, and District No. 5 fire crews all responded to this incident.

The following breaking news article has been left unaltered to maintain transparency and expand on this incident.

YAKIMA, Wash. — A 5-year-old boy suffered serious head trauma in a car accident at the intersection of S. Wapato Road and Branch Road on Thursday afternoon.

According to a social media alert from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were rushed to the intersection at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2021 for reports of a collision involving two vehicles.

Upon arrival, local authorities learned that a 5-year-old boy was ejected from the back window of a car and suffered what they described as “obvious head trauma.”

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Medics rushed to the scene and rendered aid while the young boy was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. The child has since been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more intensive care.

No further details on his current condition have been formally announced at the time this article was published.

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There were two other people in the vehicle—an adult driver and a one-year-old child. Authorities say the driver has some injuries and is expected to recover along with the young child. The driver of the other vehicle involved suffered cuts and bruises during the collision.

Yakima County authorities shut down all roads within one block of the crash site. Branch Road was closed from Mckinley Road to Campbell Road while S Wapato Road was closed starting at Progressive Road.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details are publically revealed.


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