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Three injured in SR 24 crash, driver cited for vehicular assault

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NEAR MOXEE, Wash. – Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash early Friday morning that sent three people to the hospital including the driver, who was cited for causing harm to others.

Clarence Jackson, 41, was driving a 1989 Ford Econoline van east around 3:15 a.m. on State Route 24 toward the intersection where University Parkway becomes Riverside Rd. He failed to stop at a red light and rear-ended a 2005 Cadillac Escalade.

Michelle Rodriguez, 25, and Martin Perez, 27, were in the car with Jackson when it crashed. All three were taken to Memorial Hospital and all three arrived in critical condition. None of them were wearing a seat belt. One of the passengers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life.

Jackson and Rodriguez have been upgraded to fair condition, Perez has been treated and released.

David Jeronimo, 37, was driving the Escalade and also taken to Memorial Hospital. He has been treated and released.

"Alcohol is believed to be a factor, we're investigating that," said Sgt. Matt Couchman of WSP. "An individual has been placed under arrest for vehicular assault because there were serious injuries to other passengers in this vehicle."

Both cars were totaled in the accident.

WSP continued to investigate the scene more than an hour after the crash taking photos and measuring the cars involved as well as looking at tire marks on the road.