Victims identified in fatal crash near B.G.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Authorities have identified the woman killed in Monday’s crash on state Highway 503 as 33-year-old Jennifer Swartz of Battle Ground. The crash sent four others to the hospital.
Swartz was driving a 1999 Chevy Tahoe north on the highway just south of Battle Ground when a southbound Nissan Pathfinder driven by Katrina Tikka, 17, of Amboy crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision, according to Washington State Patrol. The two vehicles collided shortly before 7 p.m. amid icy conditions from wintry weather earlier in the day.
Riding with Swartz was Peter Swartz, 32, who was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was reported in serious condition Tuesday.
Three teenage girls in the Pathfinder were also injured: Katrina Tikka, Wendi Hallstrom, 17, of Yacolt, and Megan Tikka, 16, of Amboy. All three were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Katrina Tikka and Wendy Hallstrom remained hospitalized Tuesday — their conditions were not available — and Megan Tikka was treated and released.
Another car slid into the Tahoe from behind during the collision. The two people in that vehicle, Aleksandr Zayshlyy and Volodymyr Tkachuk, were not injured, police said.