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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Pasco woman killed in crash


Last updated 5/10/2021 at 3:22pm

PASCO — A local woman was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon, May 9.

Karli E. Moore, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Milepost 25 of U.S. Highway 395 at about 4:15 p.m.

Moore was a passenger in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Ricky G. Cruz, 28, of Pasco, the Washington State Patrol reported. Cruz was injured and transported to a Spokane medical center.

Cruz was being pursued northbound by Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputies at the time of the fatal crash, the patrol reported. He crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a 2016 Western Star truck towing a 2013 flatbed trailer, the patrol said.

Neither Moore nor Cruz was wearing a seatbelt.

The truck was driven by Harold J. Matuterivera, 40, of Milton-Freewater, Ore., the patrol said. He was wearing a seatbelt and not injured.

The fatal crash remains under investigation; deputies have yet to determine in drugs or alcohol were factors.

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

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