Road worker struck, killed in suspected DUI crash near Selah

SELAH, Wash. — Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old woman accused of fatally hitting a construction worker with her car over the weekend near Selah.

Washington State Patrol troopers said 51-year-old Bonnie Stewart, of Pasco, was working at an active road construction site on State Route 823 about 1:30 a.m., Saturday when she was struck by a car.

Troopers said the 51-year-old road worker was standing outside the passenger door of a parked dump truck at the site when the suspect’s car hit the dump truck, ran into Stewart and then struck a nearby pickup truck.

Two passengers in the car — an 18-year-old Wapato woman and a 20-year-old Toppenish woman — were injured, taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, treated and released.

Troopers said the 21-year-old Toppenish woman driving the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated and when tested, had a blood alcohol level of .272 — more than three times the legal limit in Washington state, which is .o8.

According to court documents, the suspect told investigators, “she was at a party in Selah trying to go home and that she was driving.”

The 21-year-old was arrested and booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.


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