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By Andrew Christiansen

Three from city injured in car accident


Three Goldendale youths were involved in an early morning accident on SR14, Jan. 2 that sent four individuals to the hospital.

According to the State Patrol report, Kurtis J. Smartlowit, 18, of Toppenish, was driving a 2002 Ford F150 extended cab pick-up westbound 10 miles east of Bingen at 4:55 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway to the right, struck a rock embankment, then rolled over coming to rest in the ditch. A 15 year old passenger from Goldendale fled the scene while the other occupants were transported for medical treatment, including one 15 year old from Wapato who was Life Flighted to OHSU in Portland. Among the passengers who were injured were 18 year old Johnathan D. Malat...

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