(Capt. Doug Murray, Vancouver Fire Dept.)
A 34-year-old Vancouver man died in the hospital Wednesday night after crashing a stolen car into a wall north of Vancouver, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 8 p.m., a sheriff’s office deputy attempted to stop a stolen Honda Prelude near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Northeast Fourth Plain Road. The deputy activated his lights to stop the car, but the Honda accelerated, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy abandoned pursuit and found the car crashed into a wall on the east side of Northeast Covington Road a few minutes later. The driver was inside and unconscious. A passenger, a 23-year-old Vancouver man, had two broken legs, the sheriff’s office said.
Firefighters with the Vancouver Fire Department responded to assist. Firefighters had to remove the roof of the car to free the passenger from the wreckage, said Joe Spatz, a fire department spokesman.
The driver and his passenger were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where the driver died.
Investigators believe the driver took the turn at Covington and 102nd Avenue too fast, crossed an oncoming lane, went onto a sidewalk, destroyed a fire hydrant, crossed Covington and hit the stone wall.
Names are being withheld pending notification of family.
The sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating.