Kennewick — A Kennewick man was taken to the hospital after driving through a golf course fence and striking a tree at nearly 60 mph.
Jason Mackebon, 39, of Kennewick, veered off of Highway 240 while driving west, crashing his Subaru Outback through the cyclone fence and into a tree around 10:20 a.m., said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Brian Mihelich. Mackebon is listed in good condition after being taken to Kennewick General Hospital with leg and arm injuries.
Mihelich said Mackebon's car went nearly 10 feet onto the golf course before hitting the tree. Mihelich said Mackebon might have fallen asleep at the wheel, as he drove straight off the road without taking an evasive action.
Mackebon was wearing his seat belt and firefighters from the Kennewick Fire Department had to use the "jaws of life" to get him out of his car, the fire department said in a release. It took 36 minutes to free Mackebon.
The fire department wants to remind all drivers that wearing seat belts saves lives.