Fatal accident closes I-90 near Cle Elum

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CLE ELUM- One person is dead and three others injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 yesterday West of Cle Elum. The accident shut down traffic for several hours according to the Washington State Patrol.

The three vehicles involved were travelling eastbound on I-90 in the right lane when a freightliner semi with a trailer, driven by 48-year-old Waiyakoon J Pungprakearti of Federal Way, attempted to move right to avoid slowing traffic and struck a Toyota Corolla driven by 18-year-old Martin Ramirez-Cuali of Quincy.

The impact caused the Corolla to spin around in the roadway and then the freightliner hit a Mini Cooper driven by Betzaida Mendoza of California, forcing the vehicle into the DOT fence.

Passenger Marta M Cuali, 54, in the Toyota Corolla died in the accident. The cause of the accident was inattention, according to the WSP, and charges are pending.

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

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DATE: 20170918    TIME: 1513    INV UNIT: 815 – TROOPER HINCHLIFF

LOCATION:E90 MP82 3 MILES WEST OF CLE ELUM

COUNTY:KITTITAS    COLLISION REPORT NUMBER:SECTOR   CASE FILE:17028611

NBR VEH: 03    CARS: 02    TRUCKS: 01    MOTORCYCLES: 00   PEDESTRIANS: 00

NBR INJ: 03    DECEASED: 01              DRUGS OR ALCOHOL INVOLVED: NO

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NAME: PUNGPRAKEARTI, WAIYAKOON J    AGE: 48 YEARS    SEX:MALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: N/A

CITY: FEDERAL WAY  DRIVER VEH 01  BELT/HELMET: YES-RESTRAINT USED

INJ/DISP: NOT INJURED

VEH1: BLUE 2012 FREIGHTLINER SEMI WITH TRAILER

DAMAGE/DISP: REPORTABLE IMPOUNDED BY WILLETTES SHELL

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NAME: CUALI-RAMIREZ, MARTIN    AGE: 18 YEARS    SEX:MALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: N/A

CITY: QUINCY  DRIVER VEH 02  BELT/HELMET: YES-RESTRAINT USED

INJ/DISP: INJURED TRANSPORTED BY AID TO HARBORVIEW

VEH2: GREEN 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA

DAMAGE/DISP: REPORTABLE IMPOUNDED BY WILLETTES SHELL

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NAME: MENDOZA, BETZAIDA E    AGE: 28 YEARS    SEX:FEMALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: N/A

CITY: PERRIS, CALIFORNIA  DRIVER VEH 03  BELT/HELMET: YES-RESTRAINT USED

INJ/DISP: INJURED TRANSPORTED BY AID TO KITTITAS VALLEY HOSPITAL

VEH3: BLACK 2015 MINI COOPER

DAMAGE/DISP: REPORTABLE IMPOUNDED BY WILLETTES SHELL

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NAME: CUALI, MARTA M    AGE: 54 YEARS    SEX:FEMALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: N/A

 

CITY: QUINCY, WA  PASSENGER VEH 02 BELT/HELMET: YES-RESTRAINT USED

 

INJ/DISP: DECEASED

 

NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED: YES   NOTIFIED BY: WSP

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NAME: HERNANDEZ, ABRAHAM M    AGE: 27 YEARS    SEX:MALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: N/A

CITY: BELGRADE, MONTANA  PASSENGER VEH 03  BELT/HELMET: YES-RESTRAINT USED

INJ/DISP: INJURED TRANSPORTED BY AID TO KITTITAS VALLEY HOSPITAL

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————————————-DESCRIPTION——————————–

ALL VEHICLES WERE TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON I90 IN THE RIGHT LANE.  VEHICLE ONE ATTEMPTED TO MOVE RIGHT TO AVOID SLOWING TRAFFIC AND STRUCK VEHICLE TWO IN THE REAR CAUSING VEHICLE TWO TO SPIN AROUND.  VEHICLE ONE THEN HIT VEHICLE THREE AND FORCED VEHICLE THREE INTO THE DOT FENCE.

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INATTENTION

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PENDING

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