Update: 17-year-old killed in head on crash

Deceased identified as Aaron Makunin, of Vancouver

A 17-year-old driver died Friday afternoon after a head-on collision along NE 72nd Avenue near 151st Circle.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said in a release the crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. The teen has been identified as Aaron A. Makunin, of Vancouver.

Witnesses reported a Mercedes sedan traveling south on NE 72nd Avenue cross the centerline, colliding with a northbound Ford van.

Crews on scene worked to extricate the teen driver, but he was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the van, 27-year-old Cody Potter of Battle Ground, was transported with an area hospital with injuries that appeared to be non life-threatening.

The CCSO Traffic Unit is investigating the causes of this collision.  The roadway in the area of this collision is heavily traveled this time of day and serves as a major route from Battle Ground to Vancouver.  NE 72nd Avenue is a two-lane roadway with a 50 mph posted speed.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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