Suspect driver in custody after leaving the scene of Woodland fatality

Single vehicle collision claimed the life of Tylor Krout, 30, a resident of Clark County

WOODLAND — A single vehicle collision Monday morning in Woodland claimed the life of one Clark County resident and another driver was charged with Vehicular Homicide and Hit and Run — Felony.

On Monday (Sept. 23) at about 10:48 a.m., EMS and Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle collision in the 42200 block of NW Hayes Road in Woodland. Upon arrival, first responders discovered that a red Nissan Pathfinder had driven off the roadway and had rolled several times, colliding with and shearing off a PUD pole in the process.  A deceased subject, 30-year-old Tylor A. Krout, was located on the ground near the vehicle.  

A second vehicle whose driver was traveling with the Pathfinder had stopped and its driver was assisting at the scene.

It was determined that the driver of the involved vehicle, 57-year-old Eugene A. Jorgensen of Vancouver, had walked away from the scene and had been picked up by an uninvolved passerby. The identities of both the driver and the deceased passenger were known to law enforcement, and during the course of the investigation deputies learned that the driver had returned to his residence in the Orchards area of Vancouver.

Deputies responded to the residence and learned that the subject had fled his residence.  A K9 track of the area successfully located the subject, who was arrested following contact with K9 Apollo and Deputy Cramer. The subject was taken to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash and for a dog bite.

The subject will be booked into the CCSO Jail for Vehicular Homicide and Hit and Run — Felony.

Krout was a resident of the Vancouver/Camas area.

The CCSO Traffic Unit is currently investigating this collision.  At this time, excessive speed and driver impairment are suspected factors in the collision. 

Investigators received witness information that the suspect, Jorgensen, was seen hitchhiking along Hayes Road, just west of the collision scene, prior to CCSO arrival.  The witness then stated that a late-model white Ford pickup towing a fishing boat stopped and picked up Jorgensen.

Detectives would like to speak to the driver or occupants of the vehicle that picked up Jorgensen.  It is believed that they did so not knowing he was a suspect in a crime. 

Anyone with information regarding this can contact Detective Chris Skidmore at (564) 397-5482 Option 2.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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