UPDATE: Fatal Collision on U.S. 12, Victim Identified

<p>Courtesy Ann Payne Ingersoll</p>

Courtesy Ann Payne Ingersoll

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal two-car collision that occurred Friday afternoon east of Wallula.

Troopers say unsafe passing led to the collision, which occurred just around 4:30 p.m., near Lambdin Road, about 16 miles east of the intersection of U.S. 12 and State Route 124 -- better known as Wallula Junction.

The collision killed 36-year-old Ruth Garcia of College Place.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Garcia and four other people were inside a 1997 Toyota Corolla driven by 38-year-old Henry Thacker of Walla Walla.  Thacker was travelling westbound on U.S. 12 when he attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a 2003 Dodge Intrepid head on.

The driver of the other car, 51-year-old Lynda West of Richland was injured, along with three other passengers in Thacker's vehicle, including two boys, ages 7 and 11.  Garcia died at the scene.

The injured were transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.