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Tips sought in fatal Skamania County crash

Detectives looking for driver who pulled into oncoming traffic

By , Columbian Editor

The Washington State Patrol is seeking tips to the identity of a driver of a red car who triggered a fatal crash in Skamania County on Oct. 15.

The crash occurred about 4:05 p.m. on Highway 14 at Milepost 54, near the Dog Mountain trailhead. Despite oncoming traffic, an eastbound red car pulled out and attempted to pass a commercial truck. The westbound car swerved to avoid the red car and collided with the truck. Both vehicles caught fire and the driver of the oncoming car, whose name was not released, was killed. The red car, which was not involved in the crash, did not stop.

Detectives are looking for the driver and/or passengers of the red passenger vehicle that passed the commercial vehicle. They are also asking anyone who was traveling through the area between 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. and has dash-cam video to please review the recordings for the red car.

If you have information regarding this fatal collision, please contact Detective Dave Ortner at 360-449-7942 or