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Warden man dies after jumping in front of car

Fatal crash occurred on Highway 17

WARDEN – A local elderly man was killed late Thursday night, June 1, after apparently jumping in front of a car on state Highway 17.

Jose Valencia, 80, of Warden, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:53 p.m. near Milepost 42 north of Othello and west of Warden, the Washington State Patrol said. His next of kin was notified by the Grant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The patrol said Valencia was standing on the northbound shoulder of the highway and “jumped into the northbound lane” as John K. Sharples, 53, of Moses Lake, approached in a 2009 Toyota Camry.

Sharples was unable to avoid hitt...


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