WSP investigates fatal crash in Walla Walla County

By on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – A woman from Walla Walla was killed on U.S. 12 westbound Monday afternoon after her 2014 Buick Encore left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and came to rest down an embankment.

The Washington State Patrol reports Deborah M. Backous, 68, died at the scene.

The cause of the fatal collision is under investigation. Troopers said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved.

The incident happened at 4:26 p.m. near milepost 344, five miles east of Walla Walla.