1 hospitalized, 2 arrested after speeding car wrecks
Vehicle destroys traffic equipment before stopping
Saturday, March 3, 2012
A Vancouver woman was hospitalized and two other people were arrested after a high-speed single-car accident on Northeast 78th Street at Interstate 5 in Hazel Dell early Saturday, according to a bulletin from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
The bulletin said the incident occurred at 4:52 a.m. when a car speeding west on Northeast 78th Street went out of control at or west of Northeast Highway 99, crossed a low-profile median and hurtled across oncoming lanes, over an island that separates right- and left-turn lanes on the Interstate 5 northbound offramp. The car destroyed traffic control signs and a traffic signal before finally crashing into the bridge structure.
One of the car’s occupants ran from the scene but was found shortly thereafter, according to the CCSO. Another person in the vehicle suffered injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel from Fire District 6. A third person in the vehicle was treated and released for minor injuries.
Temika Beasley, 27, of Vancouver was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday evening.
Deputies arrested Vancouver residents Rashawn Hurse, 33, and Maggie Bad Horse, 30, on unrelated warrants.
The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit.
Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol and high speed may have been factors in the crash, the bulletin said.