UPDATE: WSP identifies victims in fatal Benton County crash


UPDATE: The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has concluded its investigation into the fatal crash that claimed the lives of two Umatilla County residents on I-82 roughly eight miles south of Kennewick.

Authorities have determined that the driver and passenger were headed eastbound on I-82 near milepost 121 when the vehicle left the roadway. Investigators say that the driver overcorrected and struck the guardrail. The vehicle reportedly flipped over the guardrail, traveled down an embankment, and came to a rest on its top.

Each of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver has been identified as Maria Diaz De Benitez, 63, of Umatilla and the passenger was Andres Cabrales, 54, of Hermiston. Next of kin has been notified for both individuals.

The original breaking news article has been left unaltered below.

BENTON CO., Wash. — The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on I-82 eight miles south of Kennewick.

Trooper Thorson with Washington State Patrol says a semi-truck driver reported the crash around 6 a.m. Thursday

Officials confirmed a man and a woman from Oregon were killed in the crash.

Investigators believe the driver of the SUV went into the median, then over-corrected, causing the car to go over the guardrail and down an embankment approximately 50 feet. The SUV came to rest on its top.

This is a breaking story and there are limited details at this time.


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