Vancouver man faces vehicular homicide charge in Lewis County

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man faces a charge of vehicular homicide Thursday in connection with a fatal crash Nov. 10 in Lewis County.

Jonathon K. Reno, 42, appeared Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants when the single-vehicle crash happened. Reno's passenger, Adam W. Newstrom, 28, perished in the collision.

Judge James Lawler held Reno on $500,000 bail and appointed attorney Ken Johnson to defend him.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Thursday.

Reno was arrested Friday, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

About 7 p.m. on Nov. 10, Reno was driving a 1991 Honda Accord south on Jackson Highway at a high speed when the car struck a guardrail, crossed the center line and struck a power pole before it landed in a ditch, according to the state patrol.

Reno's passenger, Adam W. Newstrom, 28, of Vancouver, died in the crash. Reno was taken via air ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where troopers guarded him around the clock until his arrest.

Neither of the two occupants was wearing a seat belt, Finn said.