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Accidents on 97 both from passing errors


Two accidents occurred on SR97 last Saturday, one resulting in injured people transported to KVH in Goldendale.

The first accident occurred at 9:55 a.m. when a 1994 Dodge pick-up driven by Willie F. Pride, of Yakima, attempted to pass a semi in a no passing zone at the north end bottom of the Satus Pass grade, about 18 miles south of Toppenish. Kevin A. Kirschten, of Hillsboro, Ore. came to a stop in the northbound lane with Pride’s pick-up coming at him head on. Pride avoided striking Kirschten’s Toyota Highlander, but a 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor driven by Santos Guerrero, of Outlook, crashed into the back of the Highlander.

None of the three drivers was injured and only Kirschten’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Charges are pending, according to the State Patrol report.

Further south at milepost 31 at 4:45 p.m., a two vehicle accident sent three people to KVH. Laurie Frost, of Valleyford, Wash. was southbound in a 1998 Mercury Sable when she signaled and attempted to turn left across the northbound lane of SR97. A trailing vehicle driven by Michael A. Adkins Jr., of Manteca, Calif. pulled out to pass at the same time and struck Frosts’ car. Both vehicles came to rest at a wide spot to the side of the northbound lane. Frost and a juvenile passenger were injured and transported to KVH, as was a passenger in Adkins’ Honda Civic. Charges are pending, according to the report.


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