3-vehicle chain reaction sends 1 to hospital

OTHELLO -- A three-vehicle crash Tuesday on Highway 17 sent one person to the hospital and left one vehicle totaled, the Washington State Patrol reported.

A 2000 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Kirsten C. Broweleit, 34, of Othello, was southbound on Highway 17 about three miles east of Othello when she stopped to make a left turn about 4:50 p.m. Jared M. Campbell, 31, of Kennewick, also southbound on Highway 17, stopped behind Broweleit.

A 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Michelle F. Mendonca, 26, of Othello, also southbound on Highway 17, struck the back of Campbell's 2000 Chevrolet pickup, which in turn hit Broweleit's vehicle.

Mendonca's vehicle was totaled while the other two vehicles were driven from the scene, the state patrol said.

A passenger in Campbell's pickup, Nick A. Gutierrez, 25, of Hermiston, was taken to Othello Hospital with back injuries.

Mendonca, who was not injured, was cited for driving too fast for conditions.