DUI crash hurts Amboy man critically

Collision on Lewisville Highway

By Howard Buck, Columbian staff writer

Published:

 

A spinout and collision on state Highway 503 just north of Battle Ground early Saturday left an Amboy man in critical condition and sent another passenger and both drivers to a Vancouver hospital.

Richard V. Owens, 21, of Amboy remained hospitalized late Saturday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

His leg and sacrum (tailbone, or the base of the spine) were fractures and a lung collapsed in a crash shortly before 1 a.m., the Washington State Patrol said.

A 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Manuel C. Lomeli, 22, of Vancouver was southbound on the Lewisville Highway, near Northeast 269th Street and the Lewisville One Stop market, when it veered to the right and struck a ditch, the WSP said.

The Lancer spun back onto the highway and into the northbound lane, where it was struck from the rear by a 2001 GMC 2500 pickup driven by Ryan A. Patterson of Battle Ground.

Lomeli, Owens and another passenger were sent to PeaceHealth. Lomeli suffered facial lacerations, and Jessica M. Perez, 20, of Gresham, Ore., suffered back pain.

Patterson suffered bruises and a possible broken wrist, and also was taken to PeaceHealth.

The three people other than Owens were treated and released, the hospital said.

Both vehicles were totaled. Notably, everybody involved except Owens had been wearing a seat belt, the WSP said.

Lomeli’s inattention led to the crash, according to the WSP, with drugs or alcohol a contributing factor. He was cited for DUI and vehicular assault.