Man dies in a two-vehicle collision near Wapato

Wapato man dead in a two-vehicle collision on SR 97

WAPATO, Wash. - A 23-year-old Wapato man has died from his injuries in a car crash on State Route 97, one mile north of Wapato.

Reports from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) said Julio Gonzalez was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee when turning left onto Jones Road from northbound SR 97 around 6:25 a.m. Friday.

A second driver, Sean Teeter, was headed south on SR 97 in a 2002 Sierra Pickup and struck Gonzalez's car in the intersection. Gonzalez was thrown from the Jeep, according to reports.

Troopers said medics transported Gonzalez to Yakima Regional Medical Center where he died.

Teeter was left unhurt but his passenger, 48-year-old Steven Saunders, of Wapato, was injured and taken to Virginia Mason Memorial.

WSP detectives said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this crash.

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