Two injured in Friday night wreck remain hospitalized

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Two Vancouver women remained in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Sunday night with injuries sustained in a Friday traffic accident.

Sheila Owsley, 46, of Vancouver was listed in critical condition.

Dolores M. Glafka, 69, of Vancouver was listed in satisfactory condition.

The four-car collision happened at 10:25 p.m. on Interstate 205 north of Padden Parkway.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Interstate 205 southbound traffic came to a stop north of Padden Parkway and a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven in the left lane by Michael D. West, 49, of Vancouver struck a 2001 Daewoo Leganza driven by Glafka, causing Glafka's car to spin and hit a left-side guardrail.

West's SUV then struck a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven in the right lane by Diana I. Tihohod, 18, of Vancouver, and Tihohod's car then hit a 2007 Mazda CX7 driven by Mitica Dumitru, 53, of New Westminster, B.C.

Owsley was a passenger in West's vehicle.

The WSP bulletin did not say why traffic had come to a stop on the freeway. It said the cause of the crash was speeding, and that West would face vehicular assault charges in connection with the crash.

The investigation and cleanup closed the southbound freeway lanes until early Saturday morning, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, and clogged traffic leaving the Clark County Fairgrounds.