Driver in hit-and-run of Yakima firefighter turns himself in
GRANGER, Wash. — The driver accused of hitting a Yakima firefighter has turned himself into police.
40-year-old Hilario Rioz Altamirano of Grandview allegedly hit 62-year-old Terry Carter, a firefighter with Yakima County Fire District #5. It happened on Sunday morning, while firefighters were responding to a rollover crash on I-82 near Granger.
Altamirano allegedly lost control of his car and hit Carter, who was at the back of the fire truck in the left-hand lane. Court documents say Altamirano got out of his car, approached the firefighter, then took off.
Carter was sent to the hospital with back pain and a possible concussion. He was released from the hospital that day. Detectives recovered car pieces and determined the car was a white 2011-2013 Nissan Versa.
Around 6 p.m. Sunday, Sunnyside Police contacted Washington State Patrol and said Altamirano turned himself in with two family members. His brother and sister told detectives that Altamirano admitted to being involved in a crash, and he was the only one in the car. Court documents said he was going home from work.
He allegedly told his family that he lost control of his car and hit Carter. He told his brother and sister that he checked on the firefighter and took off because he was scared.
Detectives located the 2013 white Nissan Versa at his home and found damage to the front of the car, which matched the evidence at the scene. It’s registered to one of his brothers. Altamirano’s wife talked to WSP and confirmed the information provided by the other family members.
Altamirano was booked into the Yakima County Jail for suspicion of hit-and-run with injury.