Two-car collision in Hazel Dell kills Washougal woman

Carolyn Clark-Bennett, 54, was an associate principal in the Stevenson-Carson School District

VANCOUVER — A Washougal woman was killed in a two-car collision Tuesday evening in Hazel Dell.

The Ford Flex drove directly into the path of a westbound Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by Kierstan Cormican of Battle Ground. The pickup collided with the driver's side of the Ford Flex, and it’s driver, Carolyn Clark-Bennett, was killed. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office
The Ford Flex drove directly into the path of a westbound Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by Kierstan Cormican of Battle Ground. The pickup collided with the driver’s side of the Ford Flex, and it’s driver, Carolyn Clark-Bennett, was killed. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 7:31 p.m., EMS and Clark County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to the 3600 block of NE 78th Street for the report of a two-vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, EMS personnel attempted to resuscitate a driver at the scene, but were unsuccessful.

Scene evidence and witness statements revealed that a Ford Flex crossover, driven by Carolyn Clark-Bennett of Washougal, pulled out of the King’s Way Christian School Parking lot on to 78th Street, making a left, or eastbound turn.  The Ford Flex drove directly into the path of a westbound Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by Kierstan Cormican of Battle Ground. The pickup collided with the driver’s side of the Ford Flex, and Clark-Bennett, age 54, was killed.

Cormican and three passengers in the Ford Flex were transported to area hospitals with injuries.  Their conditions are unknown at this time. Cormican has been very cooperative with law enforcement, and no charges have been filed.  

The Stevenson-Carson School District confirmed on Wednesday that Clark-Bennet was an associate principal at Stevenson High School and Wind River Middle School.

“Today will be a hard day, so will tomorrow and many following,” the district said in a Facebook post. “However, we will carry one another during this difficult time.”

This collision is under active investigation by the CCSO Traffic Unit.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office contributed to this report.

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