Washington State Patrol

Two women were injured in a crash on U.S. Highway 12 about 9 miles west of Walla Walla on Saturday, June 18.

Caroline C. James, 27, of Walla Walla, and Maria D. Ortiz, 23, of Harrah, Washington, were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center with undisclosed injuries, according to Washington State Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 10:49 a.m. when James, heading west, veered off the road and over-corrected to reenter the roadway, WSP reported.

Her 2006 Chevy Impala ended up broadside on the eastbound lane, where it was struck by a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Ortiz.

Both women were wearing their seat belts, and both vehicles were totaled.

Charges against James are pending, according to the report.

Jeremy Burnham can be reached at jeremyburnham@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.


Jeremy covers courts and public safety for the Union-Bulletin. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2019 with a degree in journalism.

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