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Vancouver man killed in crash east of Yakima


YAKIMA — A Vancouver man was killed and a woman injured when the pickup truck they were riding in crashed near Rimrock Lake east of Yakima on Monday.

Jeffrey G. Spiekerman, 58, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer east on U.S. Highway 12 about 23 miles west of Naches around 2:35 p.m. He was passing several vehicles when he lost control and left the roadway, according to a Washington State Patrol news release, and crashed.

Spiekerman was pronounced dead at the scene, while Darcy D. Spiekerman, 57, also of Vancouver, was taken to MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital, the release said, where she is in fair condition.

Both people were wearing seat belts, the release said, and the crash was attributed to improper passing.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers

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