Battle Ground police have arrested Daniel Scott Berry for one count of Vehicle Homicide for his role in an accident that resulted in the death of Ridgefield resident John Christianson
BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Police officers have arrested Daniel Scott Berry, 33, of Vancouver, for one count of Vehicular Homicide for his role in a collision that claimed the life of Ridgefield resident John Christianson.
Berry was booked into the Clark County Jail. Charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Battle Ground Police Department acknowledges the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, the Washington State Patrol, and citizen witnesses who stepped forward for their assistance during the investigation.
The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Battle Ground Police Department, with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, of a collision that occurred on the morning of July 8 at the intersection of SR 503 (10th Ave) and Eaton Blvd in Battle Ground.
Emergency responders from Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Fire District 3 and AMR were called to the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 8 a.m. that day.
Two vehicles had collided in the intersection — a 1992 Lexus sedan driven by Berry and a motorcycle driven by the 58-year-old Christianson. Christianson was transported from the scene to Peace Health Hospital with life threatening injuries. The Battle Ground Police Department released the news on July 11 that Christianson died from those injuries.
The initial investigation, including reports from witnesses, indicated that Berry was driving northbound on SR 503 and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Blvd. Christianson was traveling east on Eaton Blvd and was crossing the intersection when he was struck by Berry. Debris from the collision struck two nearby vehicles.
Just after the collision, the Lexus driver, Berry, stopped on the north side of the intersection. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle. Berry advised a Battle Ground Police Officer that he had no injuries and did not require medical attention. He remained on scene and cooperative with officers during the investigation.
The intersection remained closed for several hours allowing law enforcement officers to conduct a thorough on-scene investigation.
Information provided by city of Battle Ground.