A longtime Bingen resident was killed and her husband critically injured on May 10 after a two-car head-on collision occurred on State Route 14.
The initial investigation at the scene determined that a 1995 Saab, driven by Janet Parkinson, 65, of White Salmon, was traveling westbound on SR 14 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a 1983 Nissan Sentra that was headed eastbound.
Mabel Beck, 85, who was the right front passenger in the Nissan, was pronounced dead at Skyline Hospital from injures she received as a result of the collision. The driver of the Nissan, Stanley Beck, 87, of Bingen, suffered internal injuries and numerous broken bones in the collision. He was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland and was listed in critical condition.
The accident happened at approximately 2:45 p.m., at milepost 65, within the city limits of White Salmon.
Units from the Washington State Patrol, Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, Washington Department of Transportation, and local fire, rescue, and aid units responded to the scene.
A third person in the Nissan, Robert Beck, 48, was treated at Skyline Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All occupants in the Nissan were wearing their seatbelts. There were no airbags in the Beck vehicle.
Parkinson was treated at Skyline Hospital for neck and back injuries. Her injuries were not life-threatening. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, and airbags in the vehicle did deploy. A dog that was in the back seat of Parkinson's Saab at the time of the crash also survived.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and the cause of the collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol and the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department.
As of May 17, Robert Beck remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Emanuel Hospital in Portland after undergoing several surgeries.
Vehicular assault charges against Parkinson are possible, but as of May 17 no charges have yet been filed. Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney Tim O'Neill said the report from the Washington State Patrol had not yet been sent to his office for review.