|11/1/2012 11:19:00 AM|
Coroner IDs third victim in Oct. 23 fatal collision
Three people are dead and one is injured after a woman traveling north on U.S. 97A collided with a second car just north of Chelan.
Angelica M. Medina Aguilar 38, her son, four-year-old Guadalupe Medina Aguilar, and Moises Gonzalez Morales, 25, all of Chelan, died Oct. 23 after their 1990 Toyota Camry hit a 2002 Ford Focus driven by Nicole Province, 39, of Chelan.
The three deceased people were traveling without seat belts at the time of the accident.
The accident occurred at 3:52 p.m. about one-eighth of a mile north of Chelan near Willmorth Drive, after Medina Aguilar crossed the center lines and swerved into Province.
Province was injured and transported by ambulance to Lake Chelan Community Hospital.
Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said officials struggled to identify the third victim, who was traveling with Medina Agular.
Gonzalez Morales went unidentified until Oct. 29.
Gonzalez Morales was found carrying the wallet of an another East Wenatchee man that matched Gonzalez Morales' description.
"The the owner of the wallet and misidentified deceased male called me the day after the accident and said there was a 2011 W-2 in the wallet not belonging to him," Harris said. "I picked the W-2 up from him and called the orchard where it was generated."
The orchardist confirmed that a man on that W-2 did in fact work for them.
During Harris' attempt to identify Gonzalez Morales, he sent out widespread releases to news media, and made contact with King County law enforcement as well as the FBI.
Harris said Gonzalez Morales was identifiable because he had recent wounds.
"It appears as though he has some type of recent chemical burns to the back of his hands, face and forearms which are not a result of the accident," Harris said. "They are black in color and on his forehead it appears to be the outline of safety goggles. This suggests he may work with agriculture chemicals or some type of mild acid."
Harris finally made a positive ID on Gonzalez Morales Oct. 29 after making a personal visit to a Chelan area orchard.
"They put me in touch with the gentleman that locates and hires the seasonal workers," Harris said.
"I drove to Chelan today (Oct. 27) and met with him and I had him look at a photo of the deceased and make positive identification. There were other workers there that also made positive identification."
Then Harris followed up his positive ID with a call to the daughter of the deceased female driver.
"(I) told her I really needed her help to identify this man,"
Harris said. "She told me that she found his birth certificate at her mom's house."
Gonzalez Morales had been living with the mom for five months.
"(It was) not two weeks as the daughter originally told me, Harris said. "I also found out she had already made death notification to the man's family in Mexico."
Up until May Gonzalez Morales was employed at Naumes, Inc. Orchard in Chelan.
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