Vancouver man pleads not guilty to vehicular assault

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: September 1, 2011, 8:31 PM

 

A 26-year-old Vancouver man pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count of vehicular assault in connection with a crash that injured a 3-year-old boy in his Salmon Creek home.

Rajneel Singh also entered a not-guilty plea to one count of felony hit-and-run and one count of driving while suspended.

Superior Court Judge Diane Woolard set trial for Oct. 31.

Singh was allegedly driving a car that struck the garage of a Salmon Creek house and injured Josh De Luca on Aug. 28. Josh was in the garage near the impact site when the car hit. He was catapulted across the room by debris from the car’s impact. He was released from the hospital later that evening with a minor concussion and a 2-inch cut in his head.

Another motorist, Ronal Leighton, reported that he had been sideswiped on Interstate 205 just before the crash. Leighton followed the car until it crashed into the De Luca home at 1915 N.E. 150th St., Clark County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Singh, who was allegedly intoxicated during both events, fled from the scene of the crash on foot but was quickly found by sheriff’s deputies. He was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, treated and released to the custody of the Clark County Jail.

Judge John Wulle on Monday set Singh’s bail at $75,000 and appointed attorney George Marlton to represent him.