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Posted on Nov 13, 2015

Two-vehicle accident sends four to hospital

A two-vehicle accident on Thursday in northeast Quincy sent four people to the hospital, including one man who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

On Friday, Jose Espinoza Jr., 25, of Quincy was out of the intensive care unit and in satisfactory condition at Harborview, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Espinoza may be cited for driving too fast for conditions as well as operating at vehicle without a valid license, said Chief Bob Heimbach of the Quincy Police Department.

At just after noon on Thursday, Espinoza was driving a 2008 Toyota Camry northbound on Columbia Way when he collided with a pickup headed westbound on M Street Northeast. The pickup had come to a stop at the stop sign on M Street but then proceeded into the intersection, Heimbach said.

The 2006 Ford F150 pickup was driven by Scott Kaiser, 43, of Ephrata. Kaiser had two passengers with him, including one riding in the bed of the pickup who was ejected from the vehicle, Heimbach said. In the collision, the pickup’s canopy came off and Ryen Rowe, 29, of Moses Lake was ejected from the bed, the chief said.

All four people involved in the accident, including Kaiser’s second passenger, Jesse Billups, 22, of Ephrata, were taken by ambulance to Quincy Valley Medical Center. Kaiser, Billups and Rowe were treated and released, a spokeswoman there said.

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