A Pasco man was in critical condition Tuesday after the SUV he was riding in missed a stop sign and slammed into an embankment along the Pasco-Kahlotus highway.
The driver, who has five prior DUI convictions, may have been drinking, said Franklin County Undersheriff Dan McCary. The cause is still under investigation.
Narciso Cortez Silguero, 71, of Pasco, was driving a green Chevrolet Tahoe fast on Martindale Road at 6:18 p.m. Monday when he failed to stop and crashed, said McCary.
His passenger Rafael A. Torres, 61, of Pasco, suffered serious injuries and remained Tuesday at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, said hospital spokesman Jim Hall.
Silguero also was injured and taken to Lourdes Medical Cente where he was treated and released.
He was charged in May 2009 with a fifth DUI in Franklin County Superior Court after the sheriff’s office stopped him for allegedly swerving across the centerline on the Pasco-Kahlotus road and having an empty beer can in the center console.
He pleaded guilty to felony DUI and was sentenced in March 2010 to one year and 10 months in prison, according to court records.