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Teen dies, driver accused after crash near Fargher Lake

By , Columbian staff writer, and
, Columbian Editor

A La Center man stands accused of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault after a crash on Highway 503 near Fargher Lake on Monday afternoon.

The Washington State Patrol identified the man as David R. Zarb, 46.

He’s accused of driving his northbound Ford pickup across the center line of the highway and striking a southbound Mazda sedan head on, killing a 16-year-old passenger from Napavine and injuring the 15-year-old driver and two other passengers, all from Yacolt.

Troopers believe Zarb was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, which was approximately 1:28 p.m.

The only person in the Mazda that was named by troopers is a passenger, Danlette Yato, 66, of Yacolt. The other injured passenger is also 15 years old.

Zarb, Yato and the two 15-year-olds were all taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of injuries. The Napavine girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Highway 503 was blocked at Milepost 14.5, near the intersection of Northeast Lewisville Highway and Northeast Gabriel Road, as troopers investigated.

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