UPDATE/GRANT COUNTY, Wash. (29MAY2013) - Alcohol or drugs is not believed a factor in a crash which killed a Stanwood family of four May 26 near George, Wash. Athena T. Green, 27 of Edmonds, Wash., was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the Sunday morning collision which claimed the lives of Dioselina Buenrostro, Gabriel Ochoa, and their daughters Jessie Ochoa and Sandra Ochoa. The preliminary investigation by the Grant County Sheriff's Motor Traffic Unit revealed Green's vehicle, a 2011 Kia Sport was stopped, facing southbound at the stop sign posted on County Road 1-Northwest and Beverly Burke Road. The Buenrostro vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, was northbound on the Beverly Burke Road and approaching the intersection of Road 1 NW.
Green's vehicle failed to yield from the stop sign and pulled out onto Beverly Burke and proceeded northbound. Buenrostro's vehicle rear-ended Green's car. Green's car came to rest on the east shoulder of Beverly Burke, a short distance from the point of impact. Green suffered minor injuries. Buenrostro's Tahoe continued northbound, crossing over the southbound lane of travel and striking a canal bridge guardrail. The Tahoe continued into the irrigation canal on the west side of the bridge and sank. The family of four was unable to get out of the Tahoe. The Buenrostro-Ochoa family was enroute to Quincy to visit family. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison's office has completed autopsies on the four victims. The cause of death for all victims is drowning due to motor vehicle collision. Any criminal charges against Green will be decided by the Grant County Prosecutor.
UPDATE: Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison has released the names of a Stanwood, Washington family killed in a car crash near George, Washington over the weekend.• Dioselina Buenrostro, 33-year-old female • Gabriel Ochoa, 35-year-old male • Yesenia "Jessie" Ochoa, 4-year-old female • Sandra Ochoa, 9-year-old female Coroner Morrison's staff will conduct autopsies on these victims and will later release causes and manners of death.
The Grant County Sheriff's Department has notified KHQ that the two children initially transported from the scene have also died.
In all, a man and woman, plus two children were in the car that went into an irrigation canal following the crash. All four died.
The driver of the other vehicle involved was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Traffic investigators are putting together what happened and as soon as we get an update we'll be sure to let you know.
GEORGE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Department has informed KHQ that two adults have died in a car crash near George and two children are being transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Grant County Sheriff's Department spokesman Kyle Foreman says it happened Sunday morning at County Road 1 NW & Beverly-Burke Road SW. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and one of them ended up in an irrigation canal. We are expecting more details on this incident shortly and will update this story as soon as we get any additional information.