A 17-year-old Richland girl died in a wreck on Highway 240 on Tuesday, and now the driver could be facing charges.
Celcilo Romero, 18, of Kennewick, was headed east on the highway toward Interstate 182 when he went off the road and rolled the 2005 Infinity G35 he was driving about 3 p.m.
The teen girl was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Her name is being withheld, but family has been contact, according to a Washington State Patrol crash report.
Romero and a 17-year-old boy were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center with injuries. It’s unclear how severely they were hurt. All three were wearing seat belts.
Charges against Romero are pending, according to the crash report.
The wreck closed down eastbound Highway 240 in that area for about three hours, and traffic on nearby roads backed up leading into the after-work commute as drivers were detoured.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.