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Yakima, Washington – Man Dies in Rollover Crash at 18th Street

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Posted on February 4, 2020

Yakima, Washington (January 31, 2020) – A man died in a single-vehicle rollover crash where South 18th Street turns into Pacific Avenue on Friday morning. According to the report from, the victim has been identified as 38 year-old Gabriel Ochoa. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report from KIMA News, the driver was heading down South 18th Street towards Pacific Avenue around 10 a.m. Ochoa was reportedly driving around 100 miles per hour, and was unable to make the turn on the street. Ochoa’s car then rolled over several times and ended up in the parking lot of the Speedway. Speed is beign considered a factor in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.