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Three dead, six injured in two wrong-way DUI crashes in Vancouver

Crashes on Highway 14 occur within an hour of each other

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Three people were killed and six others injured in two separate wrong-way DUI crashes on state Highway 14 in Vancouver early Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The first crash — a two-vehicle, double-fatal collision — occurred at 1:16 a.m. on eastbound Highway 14 just east of Columbia House Boulevard when a wrong-way driver heading west in the eastbound lanes struck another vehicle head-on, according to a WSP bulletin.

The WSP said Aaron C. Dohman, 33, of Vancouver was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima west in the eastbound lanes when his car crashed head-on into a 2004 Buick Rendezvous driven by Edgar G. Acosta, 35, of Vancouver.

Acosta was pronounced dead at the scene, as was a passenger in Dohman’s car, Michelle M. Henriksbo, 47, of Vancouver, according to the WSP. Dohman was injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, as was Christopher L. Kopf, 33, of Vancouver, a passenger in Dohman’s car.

Dohman died Sunday evening, according to the hospital. Kopf was listed in critical condition that afternoon.

The WSP said drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash and, earlier, that charges were pending against Dohman.

The report made no mention of a third vehicle mentioned in an earlier report about the crash.

Less than an hour after the first crash, at 2:12 a.m., there was a three-car, wrong-way crash on eastbound state Highway 14 just west of Columbia House Boulevard, according to the WSP.

The WSP said Matthew B. Slade, 42, of Mill Creek was driving a 2012 Mini Cooper west in the eastbound lanes when his car crashed into two vehicles: a 2014 Kia Optima driven by Paulette I. Ramirez, 28, of Fairview, Ore., and a 2000 Honda Passport driven by Jerry Ybarra, 53, of Salem, Ore.

Five people were injured in the crash. The WSP said Slade and Ramirez were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, as was Nyrie L. Taylor, 34, of Portland, a passenger in Ramirez’ vehicle, and Christabel Bello, 42, a passenger in Ybarra’s vehicle. Ybarra was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

All four motorists’ conditions were unavailable Sunday afternoon.

The WSP said drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. It said Slade would be charged with wrong-way driving and DUI, and Ybarra would be charged with DUI.

Eastbound Highway 14 from Interstate 5 was closed for several hours early Sunday as investigators gathered evidence from the two crash scenes. The Washington State Department of Transportation reported all lanes reopened at about 6:20 a.m.


Correction: This post originally misspelled Michelle M. Henriksbo’s name.

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