One injured in West Minnehaha crash

Police seek hit-run driver who walked away

By John Branton and Paul Suarez

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Updated: September 22, 2011, 10:43 PM

 

A woman was injured in a hit-and-run crash Thursday morning at the intersection of Northeast Minnehaha Street and St. James Road, in the West Minnehaha neighborhood.

One patient was transported to a local hospital with injuries feared life-threatening after the two-car crash, which was reported around 9:20 a.m., Vancouver fire Capt. Dave James said.

As it turned out, Donna Farnsworth’s injuries were less serious; she was treated and released early Thursday afternoon, said an employee with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Firefighters had to cut open the Toyota Highlander she drove in order to get her out. The Toyota was T-boned on its driver’s side, police said.

Police said Farnsworth lives in the Brush Prairie area.

Farnsworth had been driving south on St. James. The other vehicle, a full-size Dodge pickup, had been westbound on Minnehaha. Witnesses said the truck’s driver ran a red light and hit the Toyota.

The pickup driver allegedly walked away, leaving it behind. Officers had checked registration records in an attempt to identify the driver and had not reported an arrest as of Thursday night.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.