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Fatal accident blocks southbound lanes of SR 395 for five hours

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RITZVILLE, WA (AP) - A mother was killed after her son fell asleep at the wheel along U.S. Highway 395 in Adams County.

Jaciel Parra Medina was driving south of Ritzville, Washington at about 5 a.m. Monday when the SUV he was driving left the road and rolled.

Washington State Patrol says his mother, Gabriela Parra Beltran, was a passenger and died at the scene. She wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Parra Madina was not injured and was arrested on a charge of vehicular homicide.

Trooper Jeff Sevigney says witnesses reported that Parra Medina appeared to be driving more than 100 mph prior to the crash.

Both people in the SUV are from Victor, Idaho, which is east of Idaho Falls near the Wyoming border.


5-29-17 UPDATE:

RITZVILLE, WA - On May 29th at around 5:00 a.m., the driver of a vehicle traveling northbound on SR-395 24 miles south of Ritzville fell asleep and the vehicle rolled, killing the passenger.

18-year-old Jaciel Parra Medina was driving with passenger 48-year-old Gabriela Parra Beltran, both of Victor, ID, at a high rate of speed. Parra Medina fell asleep at the wheel and went off the roadway, then over corrected and rolled the vehicle. The vehicle came to a rest blocking the southbound side of SR-395. The roadway was closed for 5 hours and 53 minutes.

Parra Medina was not injured, although it is unknown whether or not he was wearing a seat belt.

Parra Beltran was not wearing a seat belt and was declared deceased at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.

The cause of the incident was determined to be speeding and falling asleep. Parra Medina has been charged with vehicular homicide. 

Drugs and/or alcohol were not involved.



RITZVILLE, WA - Washington State Patrol is on scene of a blocking fatal accident. It happened around 5:00 Monday morning on State Route 395 about 24 miles south of Ritzville.

WSP says the driver of the car is injured and the passenger is dead. 

Troopers blocked off the southbound lanes of the road and are investigating. Detours are available for drivers in the area. 

This is a developing story.