Excessive speed causes 4-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Highway 240, WSP says

November 16, 2013 

— Excessive speed caused a four-car chain-reaction crash and backed up traffic Friday night on Highway 240 in Kennewick, the Washington State Patrol said.

Ricardo M. Gutierrez, 23, of Othello, was driving a 2009 Dodge Challenger west on the Edison Street exit ramp when he failed to slow down, striking the back of two other vehicles stopped on the exit ramp, the state patrol said.

Those two vehicles, a 2006 Acura Rsx, driven by Victor F. Padilla, 22, of Pasco, and a 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Jesus Organistabarragan, 27, of Pasco, then hit a 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Raciel S. Ramirez, 37, of Pasco.

Two people were injured in the crash: Organistabarragan, who was taken to Trios Health in Kennewick and his passenger, Erika Organistabarragan, 25, of Pasco, who also was taken to Trios, both were treated and released. Their Neon was totaled.

The crash happened at 6:25 p.m.

Gutierrez faces negligent driving charges, the state patrol said.

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