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Fatal Crash Closes State Route 28 Near East Wenatchee

January 23, 2011

One person is dead another is in custody in

connection with a traffic collision in the East Wenatchee area Saturday afternoon. A State Patrol report says it

happened around 5:45 pm on State Route 28 a mile east of East Wenatchee. Troopers say 29 year old Joseph De Grasse

of Wenatchee was driving westbound on the highway when his Jetta crossed over the fogline striking the back of

a 16-passenger bus that had been abandoned on the side of the highway near Hydro Park. A passenger in De Grasse's

car, identified as 28 year old Jacob De Los Rios, was dead at the scene. Authorities say alcohol was involved and

that charges of vehicular homicide are being pursued against Degrasse. The wreck forced the closure of Highway 28

for several hours Saturday evening.