Hit-and-run suspect appears in court


    Eduardo Lopez

    PASCO, Wash. -- Suspected hit-and-run driver, Eduardo Lopez, 22, appeared in court for the first time on Monday after police say he started a chain reaction that killed a woman in a tragic crash.

    A judge set Lopez's next court date for February 12th.

    His bail is set at $1 million.

    Troopers arrested Eduardo Lopez for suspicion of three felony charges including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and felony hit and run.

    The crash happened Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m., on I-182, between Road 68 and Road 100.

    Troopers say 44-year-old Kimberly Youngblood, of Benton City, died at the scene.

    According to a crash report, the driver of a blue Chrysler Sebring struck the Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Youngblood.

    Authorities believe Lopez was the person behind the wheel of the Sebring. Officials say he left the scene of the crash.

    That impact sent Youngblood's Jeep across the median and into oncoming traffic on I-182.

    Youngblood's Jeep then struck five other vehicles in the violent crash.

    Medics rushed four other people to hospitals for treatment.

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