Driver in wrong-way collision identified

By Craig Brown, Columbian Metro Editor



Two people injured in a wrong-way accident in downtown Vancouver early Sunday have been released from Southwest Washington Medical Center after receiving treatment.

Vancouver police Monday identified the driver of the car as Silvia Espinoza, 30, of Vancouver. Her passenger was identified as Adrian Lascarez-Santiago, 22, of Woodland.

The accident occurred at 5:40 a.m. at the intersection of 15th and Washington streets.

According to Vancouver police, a small car headed northbound on Washington Street collided with a fuel tanker that was westbound on 15th Street. Washington is a one-way street southbound.

Police said Espinoza has a suspended driver’s license and that alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the collision.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit responded and has taken over the investigation. No citations have been issued.

Kim Kapp, a police spokeswoman, said any charges would not be finalized until toxicology tests are completed.

The fuel truck driver was not reported to have been injured. The fuel truck’s tanks were not punctured.

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