Two hurt when Kia runs under semi

Three vehicles involved in Highway 500 accident

By Craig Brown, Columbian Metro Editor



Two people were reported injured when the driver of a Kia caromed off an SUV and ended up under a tractor-trailer rig.

The accident was reported at 10:44 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Highway 500 and Stapleton Road.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a 2003 Kia driven by Joseph A. Fair Foote, 27, of Woodland, was driving eastbound in the left lane when it smacked into the rear of an SUV driven by Georgann F. Bachman, 34, of Vancouver. The Kia slid into the right lane and came to rest under the trailer of a tractor-trailer rig driven by Todd B. Helsin, 54, of Beaverton, Ore.

Fair Foote and Bachman were both taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where they were both treated and released. Helsin was not hurt.

The State Patrol blamed the accident on speed and driver inattention, and will refer Fair Foote to prosecutors on suspicion of negligent driving, drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, obstructing an officer and failing to have insurance.

Bachman was also to be cited for driving with a suspended license.

Both of their vehicles were reported totaled, while the truck was driven away from the scene.