A 22-year-old man was killed early Monday when a semi-truck collided with the car he was riding in on Highway 221 near Paterson.
Benton County Coroner John Hansens said Juan Carlos Cruz of Hermiston died on the scene after the truck rear-ended the car, which had stopped to make a left-hand turn around 6:50 a.m.
The driver of the car, Jose L. Rouge-Lopez, 30, was flown to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Another passenger, Francisco Cruz, 18, was taken by ambulance to the same medical center, the Washington State Patrol said.
The driver of the truck, Shawn E. Miller, 52, of Pasco, was not injured in the collision, the state patrol said.
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Hansens said Cruz was sitting in the back seat of the car and the collision forced both vehicles off the road.
All four men involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts, the state patrol said.
Man arrested in connection with burglary, gunfire last week
Kennewick police have arrested a man in connection with a burglary last week in which a resident fired a gun in the air.
Enrique Villasenor-Perez, 38, allegedly broke into a home on the 100 block of North Conway Street March 6, according to Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The resident of the home chased Villasenor-Perez outside and fired a round into the air, Lattin said. No one was injured during the encounter and no property damage was reported.
Villasenor-Perez is being held at the Benton County Jail on a first-degree burglary charge. Police still are looking for additional suspects they believe were involved.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 628-0333 or 585-4208.
If anyone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org
Man allegedly tries to light a girl on fire
A 19-year-old man was released from Benton County Jail Saturday after police arrested him for allegedly trying to light a girl on fire with a lighter and aerosol can.
Abel Espinoza-Labra was booked March 6 on an aggravated assault charge after an incident where police say he pulled the girl's pants down and tried to light the propellant from the can on fire.
Sgt. Ken Lattin said the girl was not burned in the incident, though the flame came close to touching her.
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