A 56-year-old Pasco man has been identified as the driver who drowned early Monday after crashing his car into an irrigation canal about 15 miles north of Pasco.
The body of Donaciano Flores-Figueroa was pulled from the canal by Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.
It is believed that his car plunged into the canal along Taylor Flats Road, south of Ringold Road, sometime after midnight, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel.
However, the single-car wreck was not discovered until later Monday morning. Flores-Figueroa’s body was found farther down the canal.
Deputies are trying to figure out how the car ended up in the water.
Sheriff Jim Raymond said it appears the car was headed down a dirt road next to the canal and the driver apparently lost control. He said they do not believe anyone else was in the car at the time.
While an autopsy is not planned, Blasdel said he will be sending blood samples to the state lab for testing to see if Flores-Figueroa had any drugs or alcohol in his system.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 509-545-3501.