Deceased was a passenger in the single-vehicle accident Tuesday evening
An unidentified teen passenger was killed Tuesday evening in a single-vehicle car crash north of Battle Ground.
On Tuesday (Nov. 2) at about 9:15 p.m., Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the report of a single-vehicle collision near NE 319th Street and NE 152nd Avenue, north of Battle Ground.
While enroute, the 9-1-1 caller stated that the vehicle had caught fire and that three persons were inside the vehicle. Prior to EMS arrival, a witness was able to help extricate two of the three occupants from the vehicle. The fire department arrived to the fully engulfed vehicle and worked to quickly extinguish the fire. The right front passenger was located deceased inside the vehicle.
The CCSO Traffic Unit was called to investigate the crash. Based on statements from the surviving occupants and scene evidence, detectives were able to determine the following:
A 16-year-old male driver was traveling south on NE 152nd Avenue operating a 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup at a high rate of speed. The vehicle traveled off the east side of the roadway, striking and shearing a power pole and continuing off the roadway, striking a large oak tree.
Two additional passengers were in the vehicle, one aged 15, and the deceased male, close to that same age. The driver and surviving passengers were transported to area hospitals, conditions not known.
Detectives worked until nearly 5 a.m. Wednesday to investigate the scene, and PUD worked to restore power to affected residents. The investigation is continuing, but it is evident that excessive speed is a contributing factor in this collision.
The names of the driver and passengers will not be released due to their ages. Families have been notified. No scene photos will be released.
Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.