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Man appears in court, accused of driving RV over another man, killing him at Vancouver park

Prosecutors note disparity between statements, surveillance footage

By Alexis Weisend, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 10, 2024, 7:03pm
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Andrew R. Roberts makes a first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, accused in a fatal hit-and-run in the parking lot of an east Vancouver park.
Andrew R. Roberts makes a first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, accused in a fatal hit-and-run in the parking lot of an east Vancouver park. (Alexis Weisend/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A judge set bail at $750,000 for a man accused of running over and killing another man with his motor home Tuesday after a fight in the parking lot of LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park.

Andrew R. Roberts, 55, of Bellingham made his first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court. He faces allegations of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run resulting in death, driving under the influence and third-degree driving with a suspended license.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty said prosecutors may file a charge of second-degree murder. McCarty also noted disparities in what Roberts allegedly told investigators and what surveillance footage captured, in part, of the incident.

At one point, Roberts shouted over McCarty: “Telling lies.”

Judge Robert Lewis ordered Roberts to be muted on Zoom after the outburst. The judge set his arraignment for July 24.

At 9:20 p.m., Vancouver police and medical personnel responded to LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park after reports of a physical disturbance between two men and that one ran over the other.

Officers found a man on the ground with serious injuries, according to a probable cause affidavit. The man, identified in court records as Sundance Goodroad, died soon after at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

An older-looking motor home had fled the scene before officers arrived. A Clark County sheriff’s deputy located the motor home and pulled it over. Investigators noted the motor home had blood on the front bumper, the affidavit states. The driver, identified as Roberts, was taken into custody.

Officers described Roberts as “very talkative” and said he “mentioned facts about the incident that only a person involved would know,” according to the affidavit.

“Without prompting, Andrew sprung into a very long, exaggerated story about what occurred,” Vancouver police Officer Sean Donaldson said in the affidavit.

Roberts allegedly told Donaldson two men had been attacking and harassing him, banging on his motor home and saying they were going to (expletive) him. He allegedly told officers he attempted to drive away by leaving the park, but video footage showed he circled around the parking lot, according to the affidavit.

Although Roberts did not say he ran over Goodroad, he allegedly told officers one of the men was trying to block him from leaving. Roberts allegedly said he “didn’t want to stop to become the (expletive) victim,” according to the affidavit.

“He got what happened,” Roberts allegedly told police, according to the affidavit, adding “I’m sorry that’s what happened.”

A preliminary breath test showed Roberts had not consumed alcohol. But investigators noted drastic mood swings during their interview with Roberts, and that his eyes were bloodshot and pupils dilated, his speech was rapid, and he was constantly moving and fidgeting, according to the affidavit. He denied using drugs, the affidavit states, but investigators had his blood collected for toxicology testing.

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