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Driver During Fatal Beech Street Crash Charged With Vehicular Assault

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A 20-year-old man now faces vehicular assault charges after a passenger in his car was killed when they crashed into a tree earlier this month. A 20-year-old man now faces vehicular assault charges after a passenger in his car was killed when they crashed into a tree earlier this month.
YAKIMA, WA - A 20-year-old man now faces vehicular assault charges after a passenger in his car was killed when they crashed into a tree earlier this month. 

Police say Jesus Benitez was driving a silver Chevy Malibu when he tried to pass an SUV in an apparent race on Beech Street. While going around the car, police say Benitez lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree.

Jose Valencia was thrown out of the car during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe Benitez had been drinking that night. 

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