DESERT AIRE – Two people were killed in a head-on collision with a semi-truck early Saturday morning on state Route 243 about one mile south of Desert Aire.
Gerardo Sanchez-Medina, a 19-year-old Mattawa man, was driving 2000 Honda Civic north on SR 243. He reportedly crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2015 Freightliner semi-truck pulling two trailers, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch.
Sanchez-Medina and his passenger, 26-year-old Mattawa resident Eric Perez-Garcia, both died at the scene. Their families have been notified.
The driver of the semi-truck, 35-year-old Ryan Barr, was injured and taken to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.
The cause of the wreck remains under investigation. State Route 243 was closed for about 10 hours.