March 10, 2021, 11:56 a.m.

Dylan Carter

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 11:56 am

Updated: March 10, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

The intersection of US-97 and Rocky Ford Rd, Google Maps

TOPPENISH, Washington. – An elderly man died in a three vehicle accident that occurred in Yakima County earlier this year. Now the victims and details of the incident have been released by local authorities.

A 93-year-old man named Billy D. Stobaugh was driving south on US Route 97 just after noon on Thursday, February 25, 2021, according to a Washington State Patrol (WSP) memo. He was nearing an intersection on Rocky Ford Rd., About two miles south of the Toppenish boundary.

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Stobaugh reportedly stopped at the intersection at the same time a 49-year-old Mabton man was driving north on SR-97. That man had the right of way, but Stobaugh didn’t have to see him and went on anyway. He collided with the front of the other man’s vehicle and was wedged in the front of a third car that was driving behind him.

Washington State Patrol soldiers reacted to the scene shortly after the collision. Medics were called to the scene and took Stobaugh to Harborview Medical Center, where he was cared for until Tuesday afternoon when he died.

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Reports indicate that all drivers involved were buckled up at the time of the incident and there is no suspicion of foul play or DUI instance.

Of the four people involved in the accident (three drivers and one passenger), Stobaugh was the only one injured.

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