UPDATE: Man who died in Sunday crash identified

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: August 6, 2012, 7:21 PM

 
Crash site

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday identified the man who died in a fatal crash on Lower River Road late Sunday as Alberto Perez Garcia, 25, of Beaverton, Ore.

The crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Lower River Road near the intersection with Northwest Old Lower River Road. Vancouver police said an eastbound Ford Ranger driven by Perez Garcia veered into the westbound lane, crashing into a full-size Ford van driven by Emiliya Shevchenko, 27, with eight passengers.

Perez Garcia was pronounced dead on scene. It is believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in a news release.

Shevchenko had to be extricated from the van.

Passengers included four teens and four adults, Galina Shevchenko, Valentina Shevchenko, Veniamin Shevchenko and Anastasia Kappinger.

Valentina Shevchenko was in satisfactory condition Monday night.

Police said Emiliya Shevchenko was in serious condition Sunday night. But neither PeaceHealth Southwest nor Legacy Salmon Creek medical centers listed Emiliya Shevchenko or her other passengers as patients.

Police provided no information on the conditions of the teens in the van.

Vancouver, Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire & Rescue firefighters and AMR ambulance crews responded.

Vancouver fire Capt. Scott Willis said four engines and two trucks responded to the crash. That makes a total of 20 firefighters and one battalion chief.

It took them a few minutes to get to the scene.

“It’s quite a drive, even at code 3 (with lights and siren),” Willis said. “It’s a long road out there.”

He said Lower River Road usually gets a few serious auto crashes and brush fires every year, but doesn’t generate the call volume to put a station out there.

The Vancouver police Traffic Unit is investigating the accident.