Driver backing up on I-5 shoulder cited in crash



A driver who was backing up on the shoulder of Interstate 5 caused another car to get rear-ended by a semitrailer Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver of the second car, Jamie L. Darou, 32, of Vancouver, was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center with a possible back injury. She was not in the hospital Monday night, a spokeswoman said.

Mary Riley-Ramsey, 57, of Plano, Texas, was on the shoulder of southbound I-5 near the fairgrounds exit in Ridgefield at about 12:15 p.m. when she shifted her 2012 Kia Soul into reverse and started to back up.

Darou, driving a 2011 Toyota RAV4, and truck driver Shane A. Swanson, 51, of Yelm, were in the right southbound lane.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Andrey Liksakov reported that Riley-Ramsey partly entered the right lane of traffic while driving in reverse, forcing Darou to hit the brake pedal. Her Toyota RAV4 was rear-ended by the 2000 Freightliner driven by Swanson.

Darou’s Toyota RAV4 sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage and was towed away. The truck sustained about $800 worth of damage and was driven from the scene.

The Kia Soul driven by Riley-Ramsey was not struck; she was cited for backing on a limited access highway. Swanson was cited for following too closely.