Motorcyclist hit Monday in Battle Ground has died

Battle Ground police are hoping to speak with witnesses who saw the collision at SR-503 and Eaton Boulevard

BATTLE GROUND — A 58-year old from Ridgefield died on Wednesday, two days after he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle in Battle Ground.

John Christianson suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck in the intersection of SR-503 (10th Avenue) and Eaton Boulevard. According to his family Christianson was taken off of life support on Wednesday.

Emergency responders with Battle Ground Police, Clark County Fire District 3, Washington State Patrol, the Clark County Sheriff’s office, and AMR were called to the intersection at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday on reports of a collision.

Battle Ground police are looking for witnesses to a fatal car-vs-motorcycle collision at Eaton Boulevard and SR-503 that happened around 8 a.m. on Monday. Image courtesy Washington Department of Transportation
Battle Ground police are looking for witnesses to a fatal car-vs-motorcycle collision at Eaton Boulevard and SR-503 that happened around 8 a.m. on Monday. Image courtesy Washington Department of Transportation
John Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield died Wednesday, two days after he was hit while riding his motorcycle to his job in Battle Ground. Photo courtesy of the Christianson Family.

The initial investigation shows Christianson and his Indian motorcycle (a police release initially said it was a Harley Davidson motorcycle, but Christianson’s family says that detail was incorrect) were struck while crossing the intersection eastbound on Eaton Boulevard. Investigators believe 34-year-old Daniel Berry of Vancouver ran a red light while heading northbound on SR-503, causing the collision. Debris from the crash struck two other vehicles.

Berry did stop on the north side of the intersection and has been cooperative during the investigation. At this point no charges have been filed.

Christianson’s family released a brief statement saying the husband and father of two was heading to his job as Director of Engineering and Operations at Trail Tech, a Polaris company in Battle Ground when the collision occurred. The avid fisherman leaves behind his wife and two grown children, as well as his mother and sister. The family has asked for privacy, but said John was beloved by all and will be greatly missed.

Battle Ground police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call detective Neil Seifert at (360) 342-5244, or by email at neil.seifert@cityofbg.org.


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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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