Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in a crash which killed a Stanwood family of four Sunday near George, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.
Athena T. Green, 27, of Edmonds, was the driver of the 2011 Kia Sport involved in the crash which killed Dioselina Buenrostro, 33, Gabriel Ochoa, 35, and their daughters, Jessie Ochoa, 4, and Sandra Ochoa, 9.
Green’s car was stopped, facing south at the stop sign on County Road 1-Northwest and Beverly Burke Road, according to the preliminary investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit.
The Buenrostro-Ochoa family's 2003 Chevy Tahoe was driving north on the Beverly Burke Road and approaching the intersection of Road 1, the sheriff’s office reported.
Green’s failed to yield the stop sign and pulled out onto Beverly Burke and drove north. The family's Tahoe then rear-ended Green’s car. Green’s car came to rest on the east shoulder of Beverly Burke, a short distance from the point of impact. Green suffered minor injuries, the sheriff’s office reported.
Buenrostro’s Tahoe continued north, crossing over the south lane before striking a canal bridge guardrail. The vehicle fell into the irrigation canal on the west side of the bridge and sank. The family of four was unable to escape, the sheriff’s office reported.
Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison’s office said the cause of death for all victims is drowning.
The Buenrostro-Ochoa family was en route to Quincy to visit family.
Any criminal charges against Green will be decided by the Grant County prosecutor.