Vancouver man dies in early morning crash on Highway 14

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Washington State Patrol Troopers investigated an early-morning fatal car crash on state Highway 14 on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

The Washington State Patrol has identified the person killed in an early morning single-vehicle crash Thursday on state Highway 14 as a Vancouver man.

Darin Thorp, 42, was driving east in a 2000 Chevrolet Avalanche when it left the roadway and rolled about 35 feet into a ditch east of South Lieser Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash, which occurred about 5 a.m., closed one lane of Highway 14 for about three hours.

WSP spokesman Will Finn said that alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor in the crash, but added that fatigue is also being considered as a possible contributor. Thorp was not wearing a seat belt, Finn said.

During the crash, the vehicle lost a tire, which re-entered the roadway and struck another vehicle, Finn said, though he did not know if anyone in that vehicle was injured.

At least 20 feet of guardrail was taken out during the crash.