At the invitation of Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) has assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy and a small pickup truck. The crash occurred at approximately 3:29 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014, on State Route 172 at milepost 5 (Road 5). The deputy was traveling north on 172 in a 2008 Ford Expedition when he collided with a westbound Datsun pickup. The Datsun driver was attempting to enter SR 172 from Road 5. The Datsun driver suffered fatal trauma and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The MAIT is a specialty unit in the State Patrol that responds to collisions statewide from their office in Monroe. The unit is staffed with collision reconstruction detectives and will be investigating the crash event using the human, vehicle, environment (HVE) model to determine what caused the crash.
As part of the investigation, detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen any events leading up to or the actual crash. If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Ed Collins at (360) 805-1195.