Yakima Troopers Investigating Two Fatal Crashes
Washington State Patrol Troopers are investigating the death of a pedestrian on State Route 97 Saturday night. Troopers say 67-year-old Alviro Selam of Wapato was standing in the right lane of State Route 97 one mile north of Toppenish when he was struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene. Authorities have no information about the driver.
Troopers are also investigating a fatal crash reported last Thursday on Highway 12, 2 miles east of Naches. They say 42-year-old Anthony Fluaitt of Naches was driving west on Highway 12 when he lost control of his vehicle and the vehicle rolled off the side of the road. He was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene of the crash. Both crashes remain under investigation.
Teen drivers are vulnerable at this time of year according to AAA
Do you have a teen driver in your home? New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to research from the AAA foundation for traffic safety. The finding comes as the “100 deadliest days” begin, the period between memorial day and labor day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year. AAA officials say over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this deadly period.
Get ready for a busy upcoming travel season have you made reservations?
AAA Travel booking data shows that reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day are up 122% over last year. With the official start to summer just four weeks away, AAA wants travelers to know it’s not too late to plan a trip for Memorial Day.
Recent AAA booking data shows the best time to purchase airfare is about two weeks before Memorial Day with travelers paying an average of $445 per ticket. Those who like a longer planning window paid slightly more since flights reserved 28 - 60 days ahead of the holiday averaged $470 each. Sunday offers the lowest airfare followed by Friday (an average price of $543 and $596, respectively).