Taj Sohi, 20, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-82 when he collided head-on with a Chevy driven by David Clark, 78.
Benton County, Wash. – The identities of two people who were killed in a deadly wrong-way collision on I-82 early Sunday have been released.
WSP identified the victims as Taj Sohi, 20, of Kennewick, and David Clark, 76, of Prosser.
Taj Sohi was operating the Audi RS3 that crashed head-on into the Chevy Silverado operated by David Clark.
David’s Chevy was then struck by an SUV driven by 34-year-old Jesus Soto Lara and a pickup truck operated by 24-year-old Dalton Clifford.
Sohi and Clark sustained fatal injuries and were declared dead at the scene.
Soto and his passenger, 37-year-old Laura Rodriguez Perez, were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center for treatment. Their conditions remain unknown.
Cliford was not injured in the incident.
Benton County, Wash. – Two people were killed and two others were taken to the hospital after a wrong-way driver collided with oncoming traffic on 82 Freeway in Benton County early Sunday morning, according to Washington State Patrol.
The deadly crash happened around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, November 12, on Interstate 82 near milepost 99, just east of Benton City.
Troopers say an Audi RS3 was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the freeway before it collided head-on with a Chevy Silverado. The Silverado was then struck by two other vehicles – a pickup truck and an SUV.
Two people – the driver of the Audi and the driver of the Chevy Silverado – sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV and his passenger were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in unknown condition.
Preliminary investigation showed that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the deadly crash.
Eastbound I-82 was shut down for several hours at the Benton City exit 96 as troopers investigated the incident and cleared the scene.
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