On July 21, at approximately 11:15 a.m., units from the Washington State Patrol, Department of Transportation, Skyline Ambulance, and local Fire/Rescue units responded to a report of a two-car collision on State Route 14 approximately one-mile east of the Lyle Tunnels.
Investigation at the scene revealed that William Shuman, 18, Hillsboro, Ore., was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer westbound on SR 14 when he attempted to pass a semi-truck traveling in front of him. As Shuman attempted to pass the semi-truck, he collided head on with a 1999 Ford Escort which was traveling east on SR 14.
The Escort was driven by Daniel Smith, 28, Boring Ore. Smith was transported to Hood River Memorial Hospital and suffered a broken wrist and serious knee injury.
The only passenger in the Escort, Twyla Smith, Lyle, 58, was transported to Skyline Hospital and then flown to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She suffered a broken hip, multiple fractures in her legs and a broken back.
There were two passengers in the Explorer Shuman was driving. Christopher Grillo, 18, Portland, Ore., and Daniel Courtney, 18, Beaverton, Ore. Both were transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for minor injuries.
The driver, William Shuman was transported to Skyline Hospital with a back injury.
Troopers from the Washington State Patrol arrested Shuman at the hospital for vehicular assault and obtained a blood draw. Shuman was later driven by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
The case continues to be investigated by the Goldendale Detachment of the WSP and its Criminal Investigation Division.
All parties involved were wearing seatbelts.
SR 14 was blocked for approximately an hour and a half until one of the two lanes of traffic could be reopened.
On Friday, July 23, at approximately 11 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a report from the campground host at Lower Falls Campground on the Lewis River that someone had just fallen over the falls.
Deputies from Skamania County Sheriff's Office, North County E.M.S. and the Skamania County Dive Team responded. At approximately 1:15 a.m., sheriff's office divers recovered the body of an adult male at the base of the falls.
Witnesses told officers the subject was trying to walk across a log at the top of the falls and slipped into the water and over the falls.
Alcohol was also believed to be a factor.
The drowning victim is believed to be an Oregon man, but has not been positively identified yet.
On July 26, 2004, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Skamania County deputies responded to a residence in the small town of Skamania, 12 miles west of Stevenson, after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible homicide.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a body in the back of a van. Upon entering the residence, deputies observed a male subject seated in the living room. The individual, 23-year-old Beau Nab appeared to be injured. Upon questioning Nab, deputies discovered that the body in the van was that of his mother, Sally Nab, 52.
Skamania County EMS was called to the scene to evaluate Beau Nab. He was treated for injuries at the scene and transported by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore.
Guy Nab, 54, arrived at his residence at 1922 Duncan Creek Road in Skamania to find his son seated on the couch with blood visible on his clothing. A short time later, Guy Nab discovered the body of his wife, Sally, in the back of the family-owned van in the driveway. Guy Nab immediately called 911.
Sheriff's deputies applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. The warrant was served at 10:30 p.m. Deputies from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Clark County Sheriff's Office, searched the residence and vehicles for any evidence related to the incident.
Beau Nab is currently under security watch at Emanuel Hospital. As a result of the investigation, Skamania County Sheriff's detectives are seeking an arrest warrant for the crime of murder for Beau Nab.