Richland boy, 6, injured in I-90 crash

September 17, 2013 

— A Richland boy was injured in a Tuesday afternoon crash on Interstate 90, said the Washington State Patrol.

Fernando Rodriguez Pena, 35, of Everett, was driving his 1997 Nissan Quest east on Interstate 90 about nine miles east of Cle Elum when one of his tires blew out, the state patrol said. Pena lost control of his car and ended up in the median about 4:30 p.m.

Bryce J. Henry, 40, of Richland, also driving east on I-90, swerved his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban to avoid hitting Pena’s car, the state patrol said.

The state patrol said Henry’s car then was hit by a 2012 Kenworth semitruck driven by Rhonda G. Helmuth, 57, of Rineyville, Ky.

Henry’s passenger, Noah B. Henry, 6, of Richland, and Helmuth’s passenger, James J. Helmuth, 40, of Rineyville, were injured and taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg the patrol said.

Their condition were not available Tuesday night.

Pena, Henry and Rhonda Helmuth were not injured, the state patrol said.

The state patrol cited Pena for having defective equipment.

Both the Suburban and the semitruck were totaled.

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