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Moses Lake man killed in Highway 17 crash

Driver sought in hit-and-run fatal crash

WARDEN — The Washington State Patrol is looking for information on the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash early Sunday morning, Feb. 4, on state Highway 17.

Jeremiah T. Gregg, 36, of Moses Lake, was killed in the crash at 1:53 a.m. near Milepost 41 north of Othello, the Washington State Patrol reported. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene.

According to the state patrol, Gregg was northbound in a 2021 Ford F150 pickup on the highway when he rear-ended a 1989 Toyota Camry.

Gregg’s pickup went onto the northbound shoulder and overturned, coming to rest on its roof, the patrol said, noting the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

Gregg was pronounced dead at the scene; his family was notified by the Grant County Coroner’s Office and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The Camry came to rest on the southbound shoulder, the patrol said. The driver got out of the vehicle and fled the scene, leaving the car behind.

As of press time, the patrol was still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

The Ford pickup was towed from the scene by Agrifix Towing; the Camry was removed by D6 Ellensburg Bullpen.

The Washington State Patrol is looking for information on the driver of the Camry. Charges are pending against that driver.

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