JoAnne Kilian of Sunnyside dies in fatal Yakima County car crash on Bethany Road – Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Yakima County ATV Crash Death of JoAnne Kilian of Sunnyside – Obituary

86-year-old JoAnne Kilian of Sunnyside has died in a fatal Yakima County car crash that occurred on Bethany Road on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. It happened in the 5700 block of the road when JoAnne pulled out of a driveway on an ATV and into the path of farm equipment that was being driven south by Jesus Frausto.

JoAnne attempted to swerve to avoid the equipment but the ATV was struck by the farm equipment, throwing her into a ditch. The farm equipment came to rest on its side but Jesus did not sustain any injuries.

JoAnne suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. She was pronounced dead later.

The accident remains under investigation.



A woman riding an ATV was killed Wednesday when her 4×4 was struck by a farm truck. Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 5700 block of Bethany Road near Sunnyside at about 3:10PM.

When they arrived they found 86-year-old JoAnne Kilian of Sunnyside injured. They say Kilian, who was riding a Honda four-wheel ATV pulled out from a driveway in front of a large farm truck that was traveling south. Deputies say the 64-year-old driver, identified as Jesus Frausto also of Sunnyside tried to avoid hitting the ATV by swerving to the left and into a ditch, but the front bumper of the truck struck the rear of the ATV, pushing the ATV forward. The ATV and the operator ended up in the opposite ditch. The farm truck rolled onto its side in the roadway. Frausto was not injured.A woman riding an ATV was killed Wednesday when her 4×4 was struck by a farm truck.

But the rider of the ATV suffered major injuries. Kilian broke her legs and had internal injuries. She was taken to a Sunnyside hospital where she died shortly after arrival. Sheriff’s officials say there were “no indications of intoxicants being involved or speed.” They say the operator of the ATV failed to yield the right of way to the farm truck resulting in the crash. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the farm truck.
The investigation continues.


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