Negligent driving blamed for head-on crash north of Battle Ground

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Camas man caused a head-on crash when he drove across the center line of state Highway 503 Wednesday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Nickelaus A. Depaolo, 32, was driving a 2000 Dodge Ram south on the highway when the vehicle struck a guardrail, crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming 2005 Hyundai Elantra about six miles north of Battle Ground, according to the WSP. The crash occurred about 5 p.m.

The occupants of the Elantra were not injured.

The WSP said that Depaolo was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but hospital staff said Thursday morning that he wasn’t listed as a patient.

Depaolo was cited on suspicion of second-degree negligent driving.