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Richland man critical after DUI flip into the Walgreens parking lot in Kennewick

Site of serious injury rollover on 395

Police say Jaime V. Velasquez, 21, was seriously injured in a rollover wreck on southbound Highway 395 near West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. The Richland man's car landed upside down in a store parking lot.
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Police say Jaime V. Velasquez, 21, was seriously injured in a rollover wreck on southbound Highway 395 near West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. The Richland man's car landed upside down in a store parking lot.

A Richland man was critically injured when his car veered off Highway 395 in Kennewick on Sunday night, plowed across a planting strip and landed on its roof in a Walgreens parking lot.

Jaime V. Velasquez, 21, of Richland, remained Monday morning in the intensive care unit at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

The Washington State Patrol said Velasquez was headed south on the highway approaching Clearwater Avenue when he missed the curve near the Panda Express.

He left the roadway and apparently became airborne, striking a lamp post and tree before his 1992 Honda Civic hatchback landed upside down in the parking lot just before midnight.

Velasquez will be charged with DUI, the state patrol said.

Wendy Culverwell writes about local government and politics, focusing on how those decisions affect your life. She also covers key business and economic development changes that shape our community. Her restaurant column and health inspection reports are reader favorites. She’s been a news reporter in Washington and Oregon for 25 years.
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