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.