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
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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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