Car combusts on Yakima Valley Highway after hit-and-run accident

Car combusts on Yakima Valley Highway after hit-and-run accident
Image credit: Yakima County Sherriff's Department

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run that ended with a vehicle combusting on the side of the road near the intersection of Yakima Valley Highway and N Granger Rd.

According to a press release issued on Friday afternoon, deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department and Lower Valley District No. 5 Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident around 8:40 a.m. on Friday morning. The initial report was of a one-vehicle collision at the intersection north of Granger and southeast of Zillah.

The initial report suggests that a male driver veered off of the road and struck a power pole. It’s alleged that the driver observed the damage before walking away from the scene of the accident.

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Eyewitnesses allegedly observed a woman pick the driver up in a separate vehicle and leave the scene of the crash just before the wrecked car caught on fire.

An investigation determined that the vehicle was heading westbound on Yakima Valley Highway when it left the north side of the roadway and traveled approx. 300 feet before colliding with the power pole. Investigators say the car then rolled, came to a rest on its side and eventually combusted. Yakima County Sheriff’s Department officials say that the vehicle was completely burnt in the process.

The collision is actively under investigation by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit., who do not know whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash at this time. Officers say that there were no passengers in the suspect vehicle — Only the driver.

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