Contact Us

Driver Deemed at Fault in Pedestrian Death Last December in Kennewick

Investigation finds driver at fault in fatal pedestrian accident in Kennewick
(Townsquare Media image)

Last December, a 60-year-old man died on Clearwater in Kennewick near Winco Foods after being struck by an SUV.

Tuesday, Kennewick police said the conclusion of their investigation is that the driver, 85-year-old Elmer Leroy Simmons of Pasco, was at fault. Simmons told police his accelerator became stuck prior to hitting David Paul Ratliff. Ratliff had just gotten off a Ben Franklin bus when he was hit by the Ford SUV driven by Simmons on Dec. 12.

The investigation found no mechanical problems with the vehicle at the time of the accident. This is according to information released by the city.

Kennewick police said Simmons will be cited for second-degree negligent driving. The Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Kennewick City Attorney reviewed the police findings before the results of the investigation were released.

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!