Astoria Lane Fire Under Investigation, One Victim Perished.

Fleeing Driver T-Bones Another, Strikes Parked Vehicle

Washington State Patrol says that a fleeing driver ran a stop sign in Montesano while trying to elude police Thursday evening, T-boning one vehicle and crashing into a 3rd, a parked unoccupied vehicle. 

According to radio traffic, several complaints had been made on the offending driver about his driving, erratic lane travel and high speeds.  Troopers were authorized to pursue the vehicle starting in McCleary.  As the vehicle approached Montesano, it took the exit at high speeds and through town.  

According to WSP the fleeing vehicle a 2000 Honda CRV ran a stop sign at Spruce and 3rd St. colliding with a 2002 Toyota Sequoia driven by a 68-year-old Seattle man.  The CRV then struck a parked vehicle unoccupied, a silver 2001 Honda CRV. 

The Seattle driver of the Sequioa was transported to Community Hospital for his injuries. 

The fleeing suspect, Cougan Wright a 32-year-old Shelton man was transported to Community Hospital for his injuries. 

Radio traffic indicated that the fleeing vehicle was stolen out of Port Orchard. And Wright is being charged with Eluding and Vehicular Assault. The report also goes to state that the driver was DUI. 



Copalis Woman Killed After Being Ejected In Rollover Collision Friday

Friday morning July 8th, 2022 a Copalis Woman was killed in a rollover collision on State Route 109 at milepost 5.5.

The collision according to the Washington State Patrol occurred at 9:42 in the morning when the Copalis woman (name withheld by GHS, letting family be notified first) was driving a 2003 Honda Pilot traveling northbound on State Route 109.  She left the roadway to the right, rolled several times, and was ejected from the vehicle.  The vehicle came to rest in the ditch off the roadway.  

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.  

The roadway was fully blocked for the investigation and incident for 4 hours with detours in place. 


Seattle Man Airlifted Due To Injuries After High Speed Motocycle Collision

Washington State Patrol says that a 36-year-old Seattle man sustained serious injuries after a collision while riding his motorcycle at a high-speed rate on Saturday afternoon on State Route 107 4 miles south of Montesano. 

The incident occurred at 1:00 pm on State Route 12 near the Brady scales when a red and black motorcycle had been reported westbound State Route 12 near Montesano at a high rate of speed.  The motorcycle had passed a county deputy at speeds over 100 MPH.  He was then observed by multiple other officers going at speeds at least 130 MPH and took the State Route 107 exit traveling south towards US 101. 

No law enforcement agencies attempted to pursue the motorcycle (current laws do not allow officers to do so). 

At 1:04 PM a motorcycle collision was reported on southbound State Route 107 near milepost 4. Law enforcement officers confirmed the motorcycle and rider involved in the collision was the same as reported and observed on state route 12. 

The rider was transported to Summit Pacific in Elma, where fire crews had already requested Airlift to Tacoma General for his injuries.  

The cause of the collision was determined to have been caused by excessive speed, and he is being charged with eluding and reckless driving. 

Pe Ell Man Dies After Teen Swerves To Avoid Deer In Roadway

A 44-year-old Pe Ell man was killed in a traffic collision Saturday evening after a teen driver swerved to avoid a deer colliding with his vehicle as a result. 

The Washington State Patrol says that the incident occurred on June 26th at 11:23 PM on State Route 6 in the 6000 block in Lewis County.  

The teen driver, 17 years old a Raymond resident was traveling on SR 6 going westbound driving a 2018 Hyundai Elantra.  A deer in the roadway caused the teen to swerve into the eastbound lanes where he then struck a 1988 Volkswagen driven by a 44-year-old Pe Ell man.  The 44-year-old was deceased at the scene, a passenger a 50-year-old Pe Ell woman was transported to Providence for her injuries.



Motorcyclist Injured after unsafe lane change near Mud Bay RD on US 101 Friday Night.

Sadly, the motorcycle collisions continue this week with similar stories, speed and unsafe lane changes.  The Washington State Patrol says that a 33-year-old Tenino man was killed in such collision Friday night, June 24th just after 10:30 PM.

The collision occurred on northbound US 101 just prior to the Mud Bay RD exit, The motorcyclist on a Honda FXST CR was in lane 2 (fast lane) approaching a gold 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 59-year-old Ocean Shores man.  The motorcyclist attempted to pass the Tahoe on the right side and struck the Tahoe leaving the roadway to the right. The motorcycle came to rest in the ditch. 

The Tenino man was airlifted to Harborview, Seattle for his injuries.

The right lane was blocked for two hours and fifty-nine minutes.

Aberdeen Woman Arrested for Arson 1st Degree, Baila Way Fire

A 53-year-old Aberdeen woman is in custody regarding a house fire that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Baila Way in Aberdeen.  Aberdeen Officers were dispatched to an occupied structure fire that was started by a female related to one of the occupants of the residence.  The female had fled the scene. However, she was quickly located and arrested by responding officers. 

All occupants of the residence were able to escape the fire without injuries.  From the initial investigation, it was discovered that the suspect was asked to leave the residence a couple of days prior and had intentionally set the fire.  The female was initially booked into the Aberdeen City Jail and subsequently transferred to the Grays Harbor County Jail for Arson 1st Domestic Violence.

The Aberdeen Police Department Detectives processed the scene.  The investigation is on-going.    

27-year-old Elma Woman Dies After Motocycle Collision Friday outside of Elma on SR 8.

While the cause of the collision is still under investigation, the Washington State Patrol has confirmed that a 27-year-old Elma woman was killed in an incident that occurred at 9:30 Friday morning, June 24th.  

The collision occurred on westbound State Route 8 at milepost 3 just east of the rest area.  The motorcycle rider on a red Honda CBR600 was traveling in the slow lane (lane one of two) westbound on State Route 8, struck the guardrail on the right shoulder and was ejected from the motorcycle.  The rider was thrown onto the roadway and then was struck by a Ford F150 driven by a 69-year-old Olympia man.  

Due to the incident just clearing, we will not be releasing the name of the motorcycle rider, but looking at social media posts, the motorcycle rider just got the Honda CBR600 just less than 24 hours ago. 

The roadway was blocked for investigation for 4 hours.  

39 Year Old Tokeland Woman Killed After Rolling Car Several Times On SR 105 Sunday

The Washington State Patrol says that a 39-year-old Tokeland Woman was killed in a rollover collision Sunday night, June 19th, 2022 around 11:30 PM.

They say that the rollover collision was caused by high speeds, and the driver losing control.  The Tokeland woman was traveling northbound on State Route 105 at milepost 21 in Pacific County at a high rate of speed.  She left the roadway to the left, rolled several times coming to rest 100 feet off the roadway. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and it is unknown if any drugs or alcohol were involved.