Another passenger has died from injuries suffered in a head-on crash earlier this month on Highway 12 near Wallula.
Angelique Garcia, 37, of Pasco, died Monday at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.
She was a passenger in a 1997 Toyota Corolla that collided head-on with another car Oct. 5 on Highway 12 about 16 miles west of Walla Walla.
Washington State Patrol troopers said the crash was caused by unsafe passing.
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The driver, Henry L. Thacker, 38, of Walla Walla, began passing another westbound vehicle in a legal passing zone, but continued into a "no passing zone" that was clearly marked by a solid yellow line, said Lt. Mike Saunders.
Thacker was in the no passing zone when a 2003 Dodge Intrepid heading east came around a blind right-hand curve and Thacker was unable to get back into the westbound lane, Saunders said.
His front seat passenger, Ruth E. Garcia, 36, of College Place, died at the scene, along with a small dog in the car.
Angelique Garcia had been at Kadlec since the crash, Hansens said. Information released at the time of the wreck indicated she lived in College Place, but a death notice submitted to the Herald said she's from Pasco and has lived in the Tri-Cities for 35 years.
Thacker and two boys, Andres Medina-Garcia, 7, and Justino Garcia, 11, also were injured in the wreck and taken to Kadlec or St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.
Thacker and Andres were transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and Justino was said to be at Walla Walla General Hospital.
Lynda West, 51, the driver of the Intrepid, was treated and later released from Kadlec.
Grant County probing 2 suspected homicides
Grant County sheriff's detectives are now investigating two separate homicides after a body was found Wednesday in a ditch north of Moses Lake.
It was the second body in two days discovered in the rural county.
The second homicide investigation began Wednesday after a motorist discovered a body just before noon near the 12000 block of County Road 10 Northeast, sheriff's officials said.
Initial information indicated the death is a homicide, officials said.
County Road 10 Northeast was closed east of County Road K while detectives investigate.
Sheriff's officials have released more information about the homicide victim found by a hunter Tuesday near Mattawa, hoping the public can help identify the victim.
The body was found about 10:15 a.m. near the 22000 block of Road 26 Southwest.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, but investigators say the body is an adult and initial information indicated the victim had been shot.
Initial information released Tuesday indicated the victim is a man, but officials have since corrected that to say the gender is not known yet.
Detectives are collecting evidence from the scene, which is about three miles southwest of the Mattawa.
They are asking the public to send any information about recently missing friends or relatives to Detective Ryan Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-754-2011, Ext. 468.
Tipsters can remain anonymous.
2 Prosser residents face drug charges
A two-month investigation by the Benton County sheriff's Gang Unit ended early Wednesday with the arrest of two Prosser residents, authorities said.
Detectives raided the home at 1952 Mountain View Drive at 6 a.m. to serve a search warrant, officials said.
Paul Parsons, 44, and Jodi Parsons, 39, were arrested.
Paul Parsons was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and Jodi Parsons was jailed on suspicion of possessing meth and an outstanding warrant.
Sheriff's gang detectives were helped by the Tri-Cities Metro Drug Task Force, the Lower Valley's Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) Task Force, Kennewick police's Criminal Apprehension Team and Prosser police.
Pasco school locked down; no threat found
An east Pasco elementary school was briefly locked down Wednesday afternoon after police got a call about a man with a gun in the area.
Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond said officers determined there was no threat at Virgie Robinson Elementary, just some kids across the street playing with a BB gun in the backyard.
The school was locked down for about 10 minutes.
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