Condition of Pasco man hit on Highway 240 upgraded

By the Tri-City HeraldDecember 7, 2012 

A Pasco man hit Tuesday while running across a Richland highway has been upgraded to serious condition at a Seattle hospital.

Adalberto Barragan, 20, remains in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, where he's been since the early Tuesday morning incident.

Barragan is suspected of being intoxicated when he ran from Richland police near Columbia Center Boulevard, climbed over a fence and ran across Highway 240.

He made it across the eastbound lanes, ran through the median and was going across the westbound lanes when he was hit by a Toyota sedan.

Barragan ended up going partially through the windshield of the car, driven by Colton Jones, 19, of Pasco.

Jones, who works at the Tri-City Herald, suffered minor injuries.

Barragan apparently had been driving a Honda Civic without a front left tire. Washington State Patrol troopers weren't clear if he hit something causing him to lose the wheel or if it went flat.

He continued driving on the rim, however, gouging the road and sending sparks flying, authorities said.

When officers Richland police officers tried to stop him, Barragan fled.

It was dark and raining and visibility would have been limited, troopers said.

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