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Jan. 31, 2023

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Vancouver woman killed in Sunday night jet-ski crash ID’d by Clark County Medical Examiner

Man facing vehicular homicide in connection with death

By , Columbian staff reporter

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Vancouver’s Kira D. Donovan as the woman who died in a jet ski crash Sunday night on the Columbia River near the Waterfront Vancouver.

The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that Donovan, 39, died from blunt force injuries after the jet ski she was operating crashed into another jet ski. Her death was ruled an accident, according to a news release.

The Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard marine units responded at about 7:30 p.m. to the west waterfront area, near the Grant Street Pier, for a report of a boating collision.

Donovan was riding a jet ski west and Stephen A. Lubeck, 30, was riding a jet ski south on the river when they collided. The two did not know each other, according to a police news release.

Donovan was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where she died from her injuries, court records state.

Lubeck was arrested after officers said he showed signs of impairment, and a preliminary breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.091, court records state. In Washington, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 is considered evidence of drunken driving. His blood was sent to the state crime lab for toxicology results.

He appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular homicide and operating a vessel while under the influence. His bail was set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 21.