Vancouver woman injured in crash on Highway 500

Unsafe lane change by another driver blamed for wreck

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A Vancouver woman was injured Tuesday afternoon in a two-car collision that Washington State Patrol troopers say resulted from an unsafe lane change by another driver.

Ernest Frederick, 48, of Portland was eastbound in his 2008 Freightliner van on state Highway 500, just past Northeast 162nd Avenue. Frederick merged from the left lane to the right lane, striking the side of a 2001 Ford F150 pickup driven by Debra Stief, 39. The pickup was forced onto the shoulder and into a tree, according to the patrol.

Stief was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and later discharged.

The accident was reported at 3:43 p.m.

The state patrol charged Frederick with making an unsafe lane change and driving while suspended.