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YVCC teammates mourn death of Wapato student in car crash

This article below was forwarded to the NWAACC Office tonight from a concerned fan. Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Ms. Cordova.

Funeral Services
A viewing and funeral service will be held  at noon on Friday March 4th at Wapato High School. The Funeral will begin at 1:00 PM..


An 18-year-old college student from Wapato died Monday morning when her car and a pickup collided at the intersection of U.S. Highway 97 and Lateral A near Wapato.

Hannah Cordova, a student at Yakima Valley Community College, was a member of the soccer team and a reserve freshman guard on the basketball team, which is scheduled for tournament play Saturday in Kennewick.

Cordova's coach said he and her teammates are mourning the loss. "She sent me a text last night at 11 o'clock saying we need to have a team function every night this week," said coach Cody Butler. "She was thinking about the team, and not about how much she was playing or anything like that. That's what made her so good: her attitude and her work ethic." Butler was uncertain whether the team will play in the game against Bellevue, Wash.

"This will hurt the community of Wapato very badly," he said.

State Patrol troopers said one of the vehicles ran a red light, but they are unsure which vehicle had been in the wrong.

Cordova was driving north on Lateral A shortly after 8 a.m. when her 2010 Honda Accord collided with a southbound 2001 Ford Ranger driven by Rogelia L. Mendoza, 67, of Yakima, according to a news release issued by the State Patrol.

Cordova died at the scene while Mendoza was not hurt.

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