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Four killed in head-on crash near Toppenish on Saturday

Four people from Sunnyside, White Swan and Selah were killed in an early morning, two-vehicle crash on State Route 22 near Toppenish on Saturday.

The Washington State Patrol said three people died at the scene of the head-on crash at 5:07 a.m. The fourth died about two hours later in a Yakima hospital.

Marciela M. Servantes, 27, of Sunnyside died at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center at 7:03 a.m. She was driving a 1996 Chevrolet pickup and was not wearing a seat belt, the state patrol said in a news release.

The other three were in a 2005 Scion XB SUV driven by Pamela M. Miller, 53, of White Swan. Her passengers were Veronica C. Wallulatum, 55, of White Swan, and Lowell P. Miller, 49, of Selah.

The state patrol said Lowell Miller was not wearing a seat belt; the other two were belted in.

The patrol said Servantes was eastbound on Highway 22 about a mile east of Toppenish near Larue Road when she crossed the centerline and struck the Scion head-on.

“We don’t know why the truck crossed the center line,” said Trooper Daniel Munder. “We’re still investigating the possible use of intoxicants, so we don’t really know much else.”

Munder said that the crash occurred on a fairly busy stretch of Highway 22 just east of Toppenish.

The collision closed the roadway for about five hours, the Washington Department of Transportation said.

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