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Grandmother was heading home when fatally hurt in Pasco pileup

Suspect driver Eduardo Lopez in court

Suspected fatal hit-and-run driver Eduardo Lopez, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Franklin County Superior via a video link with provisional defense attorney Michael Quillen.
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Suspected fatal hit-and-run driver Eduardo Lopez, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Franklin County Superior via a video link with provisional defense attorney Michael Quillen.

A 22-year-old man was charged Wednesday with causing a multiple-car crash on Interstate 182 that killed two women and hurt others, then running away.

Michelle L. Scheuerman, who died three days later, was an adventurous and loving woman, said her daughter, Taylor Tolliver.

She enjoyed having a good time and spending it with her family, but the big love of her life was her 6-year-old granddaughter Sophia, she said.

“They loved playing Barbies and doing each other’s makeup, dressing up, going on adventures and going to the park,” Tolliver, 25, told the Tri-City Herald.

7-car pileup on I-182

Scheuerman, 48, was heading to her Pasco home off Road 100 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when she hit an flipped SUV in the highway’s westbound lanes.

Washington State Patrol troopers say Eduardo Lopez rear-ended the SUV driven by Kimberly D. Youngblood, as he was speeding east on the interstate.

Lopez Youngblood cars
The Chrysler Sebring allegedly driven by fatal hit-and run driver Eduardo Lopez sits adjacent to the red Jeep Grand Cherokee driven Kimberly Youngblood in the Washington State Patrol impound lot in Kennewick. Youngblood, 44, of Benton City died in the Feb. 2 crash. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Youngblood, 44, of Benton City, died after her Jeep Grand Cherokee went careening through the median and into the oncoming lanes, where it was hit by three more cars, according to troopers and court documents.

Scheuerman’s Ford Mustang was the first to crash into the Jeep.

Omar L. Lopez, 33, and Nallely Lopez, 31, were in the second car. Omar Lopez, who was driving, suffered face injuries and a broken right hand. Passenger Nallely Lopez had a broken arm.

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Michelle L. Scheuerman, 48, died three days after her Ford Mustang was involved in a fatal collision on Interstate 182 in Pasco. She is pictured with her granddaughter, Sophia, who was the love of her life. Courtesy Taylor Tolliver

Scheuerman was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, but Tolliver said her mother “suffered quite a bit of damage to her neck” and there wasn’t much doctors could do. She died at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday.

Scheuerman fundraiser planned

She is survived by her husband, Jeff, son Travis Clark, her daughter and granddaughter, and her mother, Carol Clark.

Scheuerman, a 1988 Kennewick High graduate, used to work at Permobil/TiLite until a couple months ago. She recently was a waitress at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennewick and worked at Round Table Pizza in Pasco.

Tolliver said her mother and stepdad went to the drag races in Seattle every year, and attended quite a few rock concerts.

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The 2010 Ford Mustang driven by Michelle Scheuerman, 48, sits in the Washington State Patrol impound lot in Kennewick. The Pasco woman is the second driver killed in Saturday’s multiple-car pileup on Interstate 182. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

A spaghetti feed fundraiser is scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at Kennewick’s Branding Iron, 213 W. Kennewick Ave. The $15 charge will go toward funeral costs and hospital bills, since Scheuerman did not have health insurance.

Vicci Sontag, owner of the nightclub and Tolliver’s sister-in-law, asks that people planning to attend check in on the Facebook event page so they have an idea of how much food to prepare.

Scheuerman’s funeral is at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2505 W. 27th Ave., in Kennewick.

5 felony Franklin County charges

In the meantime, Eduardo Lopez is scheduled to enter a plea to five felony charges on Feb. 12 in Franklin County Superior Court.

Eduardo Lopez Court
Suspected fatal hit-and-run driver Eduardo Lopez, left, makes a preliminary appearance in Franklin County Superior Court via a video link with provisional defense attorney Michael Quillen on Monday in Pasco. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

He was charged Wednesday with two counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, and one of failing to stop and identify himself at a fatal accident.

Lopez allegedly ran away after the crash. He was arrested Sunday and told investigators he had been upset after arguing with his girlfriend, and had two energy drinks with alcohol before driving that night.

Lopez initially claimed someone else had taken his car, then admitted driving but denied speeding, court documents said.

His bail is set at $1 million.

Kristin M. Kraemer covers the judicial system and crime issues for the Tri-City Herald. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years in Washington and California.


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