Four injured in rear-end crash on State Route 500

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Troopers say an inattentive driver caused a rear-end crash Monday night that sent four people to the hospital.

Sondra Carpenter-Thomas, 21, of Camas was driving a 1986 Honda Accord west on state Highway 500 approaching the Northeast 54th Avenue intersection about 8:30 p.m. She became distracted by her dog and did not see that a 1955 Austin-Healey was stopped at the intersection for a red light; she crashed into the car, according to Washington State Patrol.

The driver of the Austin-Healey, Craig Steggall, 66, and his passenger, Clair Steggall, 22, both of Vancouver, were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Carpenter-Thomas and her passenger, Sierra Hornsby, 18, of Vancouver were also injured and taken to the hospital, according to state patrol.

Clair Steggall was listed in satisfactory condition on Tuesday. The others were treated and discharged.

Carpenter-Thomas was cited for allegedly speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance, failing to wear a seat belt, having expired tags and driving with a suspended license.

Hornsby was also cited for allegedly not wearing a seat belt.

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