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17-year-old Joshua D. Cowan, Underwood, escaped injury July 27, 2005, when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 141 Alternate near milepost 5.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:10 a.m.

The investigation revealed Cowan was driving a 1987 Ford Bronco southbound on SR-141. Cowan advised he was enroute to his driver's education class when he blacked out for an unknown reason. The vehicle left the road going down an embankment where it collided with some trees.

Trooper Calderone discovered Cowan was the only occupant as he operated the Ford without a valid driver's license. Cowan had a Instructional Permit, which requires a licensed driver with at least five years driving experience to be in the vehicle. In this case Cowan was in violation of his instructional permit.

Cowan told Calderone he has only experienced blacking out one time prior.

Cowan was transported by ambulance to the Skyline Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The Bronco was totaled.

Cowan was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Three vehicles were involved in an accident on Sunday, July 31, 2005, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on SR 14 west of North Bonneville.

According to the report, a 1992 Ford F250 pickup driven by James R. Pierce, 53, La Center, and a 1998 Lincoln Continental driven by James F. Allen, 64, Milwaukie, Ore., were both westbound on SR 14. Allen's vehicle slowed to allow a vehicle in front of it to turn left.

Pierce came around the corner and locked the brakes on his pickup, making contact with the Continental. The pickup then crossed the center line making contact with a 2001 Ford pickup driven by Richard J. Dillon, 53, Lakeside, Mont., which was travelling westbound on SR 14.

Pierce was cited for following too close, driving over centerline and negligent driving. He suffered a minor cut on his shoulder.

Neither Allen nor Dillon were injured in the accident.

Doris S. Klager, 40, Camas, was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver following a motorcycle/car accident Sunday at approximately 2 p.m. on SR 14 near milepost 33.5.

According to the report, Klager was driving her 1981 Kawasaki eastbound on SR 14, following a 1994 Ford Mustang driven by Floyd L. Cuthair, 42, Deer Island, Ore.

The Mustang made a right turn onto Skamania Landing Road and was struck in the rear by the motorcycle.

Flager received scrapes and road rash in the accident.

She was cited for following too close.



Skamania County Sheriff's Office Dive Team members responded to the Washougal River at Salmon Falls at 5 p.m. on July 26, 2005, for a report of an overdue swimmer.

At 6:50 p.m., dive members located the body of Nicolas J. Ashley, 22, of Milton Freewater, Ore., at the base of Salmon Falls in approximately 19 feet of water. Ashley had been missing since approximately 3:30 p.m.

He was supervising camp youth from the Salmon Falls Bible Camp swimming in the area. One group had left and he stayed at the river awaiting another group of swimmers. When the second group arrived, Ashley was no where to be found. When a check of the Bible Camp turned up negative results in locating him, Skamania County 911 was called.

Ashley was a youth pastor for a group of youth attending the camp on the Washougal River Road, about 11 miles north east of Washougal.


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