State patrol looking for driver in hit-and-run crash

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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The Washington State Patrol is asking for help finding the driver in a hit-and-run collision June 26 at the intersection of state Highway 500 and Falk Road.

The crash happened around 2:25 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Highway 500, said Trooper Ryan Tanner.

According to Tanner, a man driving a gray 1989 Nissan pickup truck with a canopy and the Alabama license plate 2B78P46 rear-ended a white Mazda sedan driven by a 41-year-old Vancouver woman.

After the crash, the driver of the truck got out of the car and yelled at the woman. He then got back in his pickup, rammed the victim's car and left the scene, Tanner said.

The woman had a minor neck injury but didn't need treatment, Tanner said.

A witness took several photos with a cellphone camera that show the suspect and his vehicle. He was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, between 40 and 50 years old, with brown facial hair. He was wearing a green short-sleeve shirt.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about the suspect should contact Trooper Barry Ching at 360-449-7999 or Barrett.Ching@wsp.wa.gov.