One person died in an early morning accident on Highway 124 in Walla Walla County early this morning. Washington State Patrol says the accident happened at about 4:00 AM when a van drove off of the highway and rolled. The woman driving the van, 35-year old Esperanza Gonzalez-Torres, was hurt, along with three passengers.
WSP Trooper Chris Thorson says 18-year old Victor Zaragoza-Aldama from Walla Walla died at the scene. A 14-year old was also ejected, and taken by helicopter to a Spokane hospital, where he was last reported to be in critical condition.
Thorson says the driver likely fell asleep at the wheel. There’s no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.