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Police Blotter: Multiple Fatal Accidents Dot Rainy Week

A Husum woman was killed Sunday night, Sept. 29, 2013, in a one vehicle accident on State Route 141A at milepost 6, two miles northwest of Bingen. The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m.

According to the report, Sierra F. Walker, 31, Husum, was driving her 1988 Buick Century southbound on SR 141A. The vehicle left the roadway to the right, went down an embankment and came to rest on a tree on the driver’s side.

Walker was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, where she later died.

Cause of the accident was speeding

Two people were killed and two others injured in a two vehicle accident on SR 97 at milepost 33, 20 miles north of Goldendale. The accident occurred on Sept. 29, 2013, at approximately 9:13 p.m.

According to the report, a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup driven by William E. Seymour, 59, Mount Vernon, was southbound on SR 97. A 2003 Chyrsler PT Cruiser driven by Enrique D. Rodriquez, 49, Sunnyside, was traveling northbound on SR 97. A 50 pound rock was in the southbound lane. Seymour’s vehicle impacted the rock then crossed the center line into the oncoming northbound lane. Seymour’s vehicle struck the PT Cruiser in the northbound lane and rotated 360 degrees, coming to rest in the northbound lane. The PT Cruiser vaulted and impacted the northbound guardrail, overturning down a rock embankment and coming to rest in a creek.

Seymour was injured and transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale and then to OHSU hospital in Portland.

Enrique D. Rodriquez was pronounced dead at the scene, as was Miguel A. Diaz, 25, Sunnyside, a passenger in the PT Cruiser.

A second passenger in the PT Cruiser, Enrique Rodriguez Jr., 21, Sunnyside, was injured and transported to a Toppenish hospital.

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One man was killed and another injured in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of SR 14 and SR 97, 15 miles south of Goldendale. The accident occurred on Sept. 27, 2013, at approximately 5:37 p.m.

According to the report, A Kenworth semi with loaded utility trailer driven by Jaswant Singh, 39, Clovis, Calif., was westbound on SR 14 at the intersection with SR 97. A 2007 BMW motorcycle driven by Richard E. Newton, 69, Kennewick, was traveling north on SR 97, approaching SR 14. Newton drove onto the shoulder and passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle then failed to negotiate a curve to the left and continued straight, leaving and then re-entering the roadway and striking the semi.

Newton was pronounced dead at the scene. Singh was not injured.

Cause of the accident was reckless driving.

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A Gresham, Ore., man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on SR 97 at milepost 33, 20 miles north of Goldendale. The accident occurred on Sept. 27, 2013, at approximately 9:06 a.m.

According to the report, Matthew Simon, 55, Gresham, was driving his 2012 Freightliner tractor and trailer northbound on SR 87. The semi entered a curve to the right. The semi failed to negotiate the curve and drove straight off the roadway, colliding with a rock hill side.

Simon was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale.

He was charged with wheels off road.

KLICKITAT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

On Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a gas drive off from Impact Auto in Lyle. The vehicle description provided to the sheriff’s office, a maroon colored Isuzu Trooper, matched a reported stolen vehicle from Glenwood. Shortly after the report was dispatched to deputies the vehicle was located on Fisher Hill Road. KCSO deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled resulting in a vehicle pursuit north toward Glenwood. As the pursuit approached Glenwood, the sheriff’s office notified the Glenwood School and advised them to initiate “lock-down” procedures.

The pursuit did not go into the town of Glenwood, but instead continued north on Mt. Adams Highway and into Yakima County. Once the immediate danger of the pursuit no longer posed a threat to the school children, the school was notified to release the “lock-down”.

The pursuit continued onto logging roads north of Glenwood until the vehicle wrecked near the intersection of the K6000 road and the K6600 road. Two Native American males fled on foot from the wrecked vehicle. A Native American female, identified as 30 year old Jennifer L. White of Wapato, was located in the vehicle. White was transported to Skyline with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies searched the area around the wreck and were unable to locate the two male suspects.

Deputies located a stolen firearm inside the Trooper as well as numerous items that were believed to be stolen. The Trooper was seized and transported to KCSO facilities in order to obtain proper search warrants to investigate whether or not the property inside the Trooper was related to recent burglaries around the county.

On the morning of Sept. 28, the sheriff’s office received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Glenwood Inn. Deputies responded to the area and learned that two Native American males had been given a ride into Glenwood from the area of the wreck on the previous day. Moments later the males had got into a silver colored Chrysler Sebring and drove away. One of the suspects, a 17-year old juvenile male, was recognized and that information was provided to KCSO deputies.

At about 10:35 a.m., a Washington State Patrol trooper advised he had located the stolen Sebring in Lyle and it was occupied by two male subjects. Moments later the trooper advised he was in pursuit of the Sebring, eastbound on State Route 14 with speeds in the triple digits. Due to the safety of the motoring public, the trooper discontinued the pursuit in Murdock.

Later in the afternoon, the sheriff’s office was notified by a Murdock resident that a suspicious vehicle was parked at their residence. The vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen Sebring. Approximately 20 minutes later deputies located a suspicious vehicle in the area of the stolen Sebring and made contact with the vehicle and its occupants. Deputies located the juvenile male suspect inside the vehicle. The juvenile was removed from the vehicle at which time he found to be armed with a handgun and a set of brass knuckles. Also removed from the vehicle was 26 year old Donovan Q.C. Cloud, who was also armed with a firearm. Cloud was arrested on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated robbery and assault at the Goldendale McDonalds earlier this year.

Based on witness statements as well as evidence from the scene of the pursuit, the juvenile male and Cloud were arrested and transported to the Klickitat County Jail. At the time of her release from Skyline Hospital, White was also arrested in connection with her involvement in the pursuit.

KCSO is continuing to investigate several burglary and vehicle prowl incidents in the vicinity of Glenwood and have been able make connections between these three individuals and the crime scenes.

Cloud was booked into the Klickitat County Jail on the charges of burglary first degree, theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm first degree, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, and attempting to pursue a police vehicle.

The juvenile male was booked and charged with burglary first degree, theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm second degree, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle.

White was booked and charged with burglary first degree, possession of stolen property second degree, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft of motor vehicle fuel.

The public is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office if they have any information related to any burglaries, vehicle prowls, and thefts in the Glenwood, Fisher Hill/Wahkiacus, and Lyle communities.

OREGON STATE POLICE

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night's single vehicle fatal traffic crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about four miles west of Cascade Locks that resulted in the death of an adult male.

On Sept. 28, 2013, at approximately 9:02 p.m., a 1999 GMC van with three occupants was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 40. The van's driver, Austin Monroe Herd, 31, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with right front passenger/girlfriend Nicole Quintana, 30, when the van traveled to the left side of the traffic lanes and collided with a guardrail. Herd, who was not using safety restraints, fell out of the moving van through the driver's open door onto the ground and was critically injured. Quintana then stopped the van without further incident.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies, and ODOT personnel responded to the scene.

Herd was pronounced deceased at the scene. Closer examination of the van's driver door showed it was secured by a bungee cord stretched from the interior door handle to the steering column. The temporary repair was in place because of a door malfunction preventing it from being closed and secured.

Quintana and a second passenger, Jessy R. Walters, 18, were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for a medical evaluation and no injury was found on either person because of the crash. Quintana did have minor injuries consistent with being involved in a physical altercation before the crash.

Herd, Quintana, and Walters, a family friend, were enroute from Galveston, Texas, to Portland to move in with Herd's relative. Herd previously has lived in northeast Portland.

OSP detectives are assisting investigating troopers with the ongoing investigation.

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