Arrest made in double-fatal hit and run in Washougal

Witnesses told police the driver never slowed down after plowing through a fence and onto the beach

WASHOUGAL — Police in Washougal say they’ve made an arrest in Tuesday’s deadly hit and run that killed two people sunbathing on a Washougal beach.

Debris left behind after a Jeep Grand Cherokee tore through Sandy Swimming Hole Park in Washougal, killing two people. Photo courtesy Washougal Police
Debris left behind after a Jeep Grand Cherokee tore through Sandy Swimming Hole Park in Washougal, killing two people. Photo courtesy Washougal Police Department

The adult couple, identified as Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62, were run over by a Jeep Grand Cherokee that plowed through a chain link fence at the popular Sandy Swimming Hole Park on Shepherd Road just before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Witnesses said the Jeep never even slowed down after it hit the couple, continuing up a berm on the east side of the beach, taking out a sign, before speeding away. The couple was described by Washougal Police as German nationals who arrived in the United States a few days ago to visit family who live in the metro area.

The Jeep, which had left its grill behind at the scene, was located Tuesday evening by Washougal police, who then quickly announced they were questioning a person of interest in the case.

David Croswell is listed in court records under charges including two counts each of vehicular homicide with DUI, and felony hit and run with death. The 71-year-old was booked into the Clark County jail.

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