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UPDATE: Crash near Zillah Kills Teen, Injures Another

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ZILLAH, Wash.--One teenager is dead, and another is in the hospital after a car crash early Monday morning in the Yakima Valley.
State Troopers said 18-year-old Jeremiah Atkins died after running a stop sign at Gilbert Road and Cheyne Road near Zillah. He collided with a car driven by 17-year-old Cassandra Silva sending them both off the road.
The young girl struck a tree. We're told she's in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Troopers said the car Atkins was driving rolled and hit a utility pole. He died at the scene.
Those who knew Atkins remember him as a mature young man and an exceptional athlete.
"If he didn't get into the Marines he was going to be a teacher and a coach," said Jeanette Johnson, who lives near the crash site and knew Atkins.
"He wrestled with my son and we watched him at state last year," said Terry Myers.
NBC Right Now asked, "What can you say about him, a great kid?
"Yeah, he was a great kid," said Myers.
People who live in the area said the intersection at Cheyne Road and Gilbert Road needs to be a four way stop before more accidents like this happen. We called the Yakima County Engineer about their concerns and he tells us there is not enough traffic volume to warrant a four way stop at that intersection.


ZILLAH, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash north of Zillah that killed one teenager and injured another. 

Troopers say 18-year-old Jeremiah Atkins of Zillah died at the scene early Monday morning when he drove through a stop sign and crashed into another car at Gilbert Road and Cheyne Road.

Paramedics airlifted the driver of the other car, 17-year-old Cassandra Silva of Toppenish, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. No word yet on her condition.

State Patrol says both cars went off the roadway in the crash. Troopers say Atkins rolled the car and crashed into a power pole, Silva crashed into a tree.