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Vancouver woman killed when car crashed into her house identified

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: August 7, 2023, 5:58pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 37-year-old Danielle A. Abrahams as the woman killed when a car crashed Thursday into her west Vancouver house.

Abrahams died from mechanical asphyxia after she was pinned under the car, the medical examiner’s office said. Her death was ruled an accident.

Court records identify the driver as 52-year-old Karen Baker. Vancouver police have referred charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence against Baker, the department said. As of Monday morning, Baker remained in a hospital, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said, and would be booked into the Clark County Jail once she’s released.

The crash was reported at 6:40 p.m. According to court records, Baker was speeding down Fourth Plain Boulevard in a Hyundai Sonata, hit a median curb near the intersection of Fruit Valley Road, and crashed through a back fence and into the home at 2607 Unander Ave.

Firefighters and the department’s heavy/technical rescue team arrived to shore up the house so the victim could be extricated. A family pet was also declared dead at the scene. Two other people who lived in the house were displaced, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.

Abrahams’ family created a GoFundMe for legal costs and to help her husband and brother find somewhere to live.

“Let us remember Danielle not only for the light she brought into our lives but also for the strength and resilience that her family displays in the face of this unfathomable tragedy,” the fundraiser states. “Together, we can turn this pain into purpose and create a legacy of love that will endure.”

The fundraiser can be found at gofund.me/a9612dea.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the GoFundMe beneficiaries.