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Police report: One dead, four injured in head-on wrongway crash

Police: Diabetic driver may have blacked out

The Columbian
Published: December 20, 2009, 12:00am

A medical problem may have led an Oregon man to black out while driving, which in turn led to an accident that injured four Vancouver residents, one critically, and killed the Oregon man.

The Oregon State Police identified the Vancouver residents as Terry Bradbury, 43; Charles Bradbury, 14; Ashlee Bradbury, 15; and Dawn Nicole Misener, 17. All were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where Ashlee Bradbury was reported in critical condition Saturday afternoon. Terry Bradbury was reported in serious condition and Charles Bradbury was in stable condition. There was no report available for Misener.

Police said all four were expected to survive the accident.

The accident occurred at 5:35 p.m. Friday on Highway 26 near Boring, Ore. A 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Anthony Petereit, 53, of Boring, was eastbound in the westbound lanes when it struck the Chevrolet S10 pickup that Terry Bradbury was driving.

According to a police news release, Petereit had some health problems, including diabetes, and may have blacked out at the wheel, allowing the Toyota to cross a grassy median and roll into the oncoming lanes.

Petereit, who had been on his way home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rear-end wreck injures three on Highway 502

Three Battle Ground residents suffered minor injuries from a rear-end accident on Highway 502 late Friday afternoon.

An eastbound 2003 Mazda pickup driven by Nathan S. Ward, 32, had stopped to turn left into a driveway near Northeast 87th Avenue about 5:40 p.m., the Washington State Patrol said.

The truck was struck from behind by a 2002 Nissan Altima driven by Adam W. Hansen, 19. The collision left Ward’s truck blocking the eastbound lane of Highway 502, while the Nissan came to rest near Northeast 88th Avenue.

Ward, who suffered head pain, was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center. So were Hansen, who reported neck pain, and his passenger, Jenica D. Vukanovich, 17, who suffered leg pain. All have been released from the hospital.

The Nissan was declared totaled.

The State Patrol blamed the wreck on speed and inattention and cited Hansen for speeding.

Highway 500 wreck blamed on speed

Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Friday after a two-vehicle rear-end collision on state Highway 500 at Northeast 112th Avenue in Orchards.

Paramedics, firefighters and state troopers rushed to the scene shortly before 5 p.m. and found a 1998 Toyota pickup on its top and a car blocking the right lane, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers said the pickup had been headed east when the driver had to stop for heavy traffic.

Levi S. Larson, 28, of Portland, driving east in a 1983 Pontiac Firebird, hit the rear of the pickup, the bulletin said.

The driver of the truck, Jose A. Cazares, 35, and his passenger, Jose L. Cazares, 52, both of Vancouver, were taken to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as a precaution.

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Larson was taken to Emanuel with a cut on one hand and an abrasion to his head. He was treated and released.

The crash was caused by Larson’s inattention and speeding; Larson was ticketed for excessive speed, the bulletin said.

The crash blocked eastbound traffic for about an hour.