Three hospitalized after crash on Highway 14

All three treated and released following collision near milepost 26

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A vehicle collision on state Highway 14 in west Skamania County sent three people to the hospital Sunday morning, after one driver stopped to avoid a tree on the highway, according to Washington State Patrol.

Shortly before 10:15 a.m., Dakota Holmgren, 20, of Salem, Ore., was driving a dark green 1999 Kia Sportage east on the highway at Milepost 26 when he stopped to avoid a tree in the eastbound lane, according to State Patrol. The Kia was being followed by a white 2005 Subaru Legacy driven by Destiny Kilburg, 19, of Milton-Freewater, Ore.

According to State Patrol, Kilburg failed to stop her car when Holmgren stopped, and her car struck Holmgren’s vehicle.

Kilburg, Holmgren, and Holmgren’s passenger, Kathleen Holmgren, 62, of Salem, were injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. All three were treated and released Sunday.

Kilburg’s passenger, Ida Saether, 17, of Milton-Freewater was not injured.

Both vehicles were totaled and impounded. Kilburg was cited for following too close, according to State Patrol.