Vancouver Police investigate fatal traffic collisions

March 16, 2024

On March 12, 2024, at about 9: 25 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the area of NE 134th Ave and NE Fourth Plain Blvd. that had been witnessed by a C-Tran bus driver who stated that a male had been crossing the street, not in a marked crosswalk, and was struck by a vehicle. While emergency personnel were searching the area, a deceased male with significant trauma was located in a culvert on the north side of the road. 

While emergency personnel were processing the scene, a male drove up and stated that he had been driving westbound in the right lane on NE Fourth Plain Blvd approaching NE 131st Avenue earlier and struck something with his vehicle. He stopped, looked around and didn’t see anything so drove away. He told investigators that he thought he had hit an animal. The driver was cooperative and there were no signs of impairment.  The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and confirmation of the identity of the deceased male is pending. 

On March 15, 2024, at about 10:26 p.m., the driver of a Dodge truck was going westbound on E 15th St. towards Main St. The driver of the truck had a green signal. A male driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Main St approaching E 15th St. failed to stop for the red traffic signal and crashed into the driver’s side of the truck. The motorcycle driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The force of the collision was so violent it caused the Dodge truck to spin 180 degrees. Witnesses to the crash estimated the motorcycle was traveling 70 to 80 miles per hour prior to the crash. The speed limit on Main Street is 20 mph. The driver of the truck was cooperative and there were no signs of impairment. The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. 

These collisions are the 3rd and 4th fatality collisions investigated by the VPD Traffic Unit so far in 2024.