Ridgefield man charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in fatal crash

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Ridgefield man was arraigned on two counts of vehicular homicide Friday for allegedly driving intoxicated and crashing into a power transformer Sunday night, killing two of his three passengers.

Ian Jonathan Cole, 20, also faces a charge of vehicular assault and hit and run in connection with the deaths of Jesse Orellano-Leister, 20, and Benjamin Folk, 25, both of Vancouver.

Court documents allege that Cole was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, speeding and recklessly driving his 2003 Ford Mustang in the 100 block of Southeast Columbia Boulevard before the crash, according to court documents.

The car crashed into a large transformer box about 8:45 p.m. Cole allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving his passengers behind, court documents said.

Orellano-Leister was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Vancouver Fire Department. Folk suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and later died at a hospital after being taken off life support.

Another passenger, Maxwell Borders, 19, address unknown, was injured. He was treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Cole remains in the Clark County Jail on $150,000 bail.