Washington Driver On Phone Moments Before Crash That Killed 3 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington Driver On Phone Moments Before Crash That Killed 3

RICHLAND, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a driver was on the phone moments before his SUV rolled on Interstate 182 in Richland, killing him, his wife and their 8-year-old nephew.

Senior Trooper Bryan Ball says the Sunnyside couple's three children were also in the SUV. An 8-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy had various injuries and were taken to area hospitals, but a
2-year-old boy was unhurt.

The family was leaving a birthday party in Pasco early Sunday when the SUV swerved off the road and rolled seven times. Troopers found the vehicle around 7 a.m. KNDU-TV reports 32-year-old Joel Barajas and 28-year-old Bertha Barajas died at the scene. Their nephew has not been identified.

Ball says after the crash the 8-year-old girl unstrapped the toddler from the carseat and was comforting the boy until help arrived. Ball says alcohol may have been involved.

      
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