A Kennewick man died early Tuesday when he lost control of his car on his way to work at a winery in Oregon.
Jason A. Cline, 23, had just landed a job helping clean at the winery after struggling to find work, said Pastor Ken Griffin at Riverview Baptist Church. Cline attended the church and school since he was a child.
He died when the tires of his 1997 Honda Civic went off Interstate 82 about three miles south of Kennewick. He overcorrected and rolled the car, landing in the eastbound lanes.
Cline’s car was then hit by a 2007 Suzuki Forenza driven by Satya S. Pandey, 71, of Richland.
Cline, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene of the 5:20 a.m. accident, said the Washington State Patrol.
Pandey was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and later released. “He’s still in shock, but he’s home now,” said his daughter, Irit Pandey. The state patrol said Pandey was wearing a seat belt.
Griffin said Cline will be remembered as a man of faith.
Cline and his wife, Crystal, who were married in 2011, recently met with Griffin over lunch at his hospitality ministry, Griffin said. “They spoke of a desire to not want to straddle the fence on the Christian walk anymore,” he said.
Cline worried a bit about working at the winery. “He was just scrambling to get a job,” Griffin said. “I said, ‘It’s a job, you’re not plugging people to get drunk.’ ”
Cline loved sports, and was a three-year starter on his school’s basketball team, according to the couple’s wedding website. His parents are Mike and Teresa Cline.
The family is “pretty numb” in the wake of his death, Griffin said.
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