Crime

UPDATE: 1 person killed in wrong-way crash on Interstate 82

The driver of a Toyota Camry died late Thursday in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 82 near Sunnyside.

Raul Lopez-Hernandez, 43, of Sunnyside, was killed in the head-on collision, said the Washington State Patrol.

He was driving the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of the highway, just one mile east of Sunnyside, when his Camry slammed into a Buick Verano.

Leandra P. Ramirez was driving the Buick in the 10:21 p.m. crash. The 21-year-old Benton City woman was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

A state patrol report says troopers don’t yet know if drugs or alcohol were involved. They are continuing to investigate what happened, including why the driver was on the wrong side of the highway.

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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