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A woman died after a van crash in Hover Park, Finley, WA

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A woman died after her friends begged her not to get in a van at Hover Park in Finley early Saturday morning, according to the Benton County Sheriff‘s Office.

Jacob M. Reed of Iowa was spinning the tires of a Ford F250 and driving back and forth on Toothaker Road around 1 a.m., according to reports from the sheriff’s office.

Still, the woman, whose name and age were not immediately available, got into the pickup with Reed and it took off at high speed toward South Meals Road.

The truck slid sideways as its tires spun, going off the road near the train tracks. He went into a ditch and rolled over, the sheriff’s office’s Facebook post said.

Neither Reed nor the deceased woman were wearing seat belts, they said.

Reed was taken to Trios Health Southridge Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

This story was originally published February 12, 2022 11:31 a.m.

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Senior Writer Annette Cary covers Hanford, energy, environment, science and health for the Tri-City Herald. She was a journalist for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.