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Vancouver woman sentenced in fatal east Vancouver crash

By , Columbian staff writer
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A Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday in Clark County Superior Court to 15 months in prison for a 2019 fatal crash in east Vancouver.

Estera Sabrina Ursu, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide caused by disregarding the safety of others. One count of vehicular assault was dismissed as part of Ursu’s plea agreement, court records show.

Vancouver police officers responded around 5:15 p.m. Sept. 1, 2019, to the intersection of Southeast 12th Street and 164th Avenue for a two-vehicle crash with reports that one of the drivers wasn’t moving, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Don Cox, 81, of Washougal was pronounced dead at the scene, the affidavit says.

It is unclear if Ursu, who was driving south on 164th Avenue, was injured, but her passenger suffered a broken arm, court records state.

Data from Ursu’s car showed that she reached 103 mph just before the crash. She hit the brakes when Cox ran a red light and turned left in front of her, from northbound 164th Avenue. Ursu was traveling at 90 mph when she crashed into Cox, the affidavit states. The speed limit in that area is 40 mph.

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