A man involved in two Sunday accidents, including one that knocked out power to 500 homes and several businesses, has been cited for second-degree negligent driving and hit-and-run, officials said.
Jordan Nash, 20, caused an accident in West Richland before taking Kennedy Road into Richland, where he hit a light pole and then damaged an electrical cabinet at the intersection with Duportail Street, near Target, said Trooper Andres Martinez of the Washington State Patrol.
Richland's investigation of the one-car accident was turned over to state police because Nash, a member of the military, is the son of Calvin Nash, a Richland police officer, Martinez said.
"They didn't want a conflict of interest," he said.
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The West Richland accident happened at the intersection of Kennedy and Keene roads. Chief Brian McElroy said Jordan's Toyota didn't yield and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe at 2:18 p.m.
Jordan then drove away from the scene of that accident before crashing his car in Richland, less than a mile away, McElroy said.
No one was hurt in the West Richland accident, but Jordan Nash was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, McElroy said. He was treated and released.
Power was restored to the area by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, said Brian Cobb, Richland's electrical systems supervisor. Crews were able to fix the damaged equipment Monday without turning power off.