An 18-year-old man has been charged with vehicular assault after authorities say he crashed into an apartment on North 10th Street last week, severely injuring a woman living there.
Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Friday the charge was filed this week.
Alejandro Rosario Brambila was driving a BMW east on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when he struck a curb at North 10th Street and lost control, according to court documents. The car crashed into an apartment building in the 200 block of North 10th Avenue, going through the wall and trapping a 55-year-old woman beneath it, the documents said.
Yakima firefighters spent nearly 25 minutes to get the woman out from under the car. She was first taken to a local hospital with a deep gash on her abdomen and one of her legs almost cut off and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
A passenger in the car told police that Rosario Brambila was racing a black Subaru at the time of the crash, a police affidavit said. An officer said Rosario Brambila had a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and watery, red eyes, the affidavit said.
He is free on $100,000 bail and is to be arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court on Sept. 9.