OTHELLO, Wash. —
The State Patrol is investigating the death of an Othello man who apparently fell or jumped from a car he was a passenger in and was hit by an Adams County sheriff's deputy.
Leonel Maldonado Gonzalez was killed on Saturday night.
The Sheriff's Office reports deputy Kurt Berry was following two vehicles when the vehicle in front of him swerved sharply to the left into the lane of an oncoming vehicle.
It says the deputy then saw something dark in his lane and could not avoid hitting it.
When the 24-year-old Berry stopped, he discovered it was a person.
Paramedics were called, but the 33-year-old Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers were asked to investigate the accident.
After talking with several witnesses, investigators believe Gonzalez fell or jumped from a car.
The Adams County Coroner's Office is planning an autopsy.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com