A 15-year-old Yacolt girl has died following a crash in Clark County that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Napavine girl on Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
On Wednesday, The Columbian newspaper identified the Napavine girl as Ivy A. Hunt. The Yacolt girl was not identified by the state patrol.
David R. Zarb, 46, of La Center, is facing vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges following the crash on state Route 503 at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
According to The Columbian, Zarb’s bail was set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned on June 25.
The state patrol reported that drugs or alcohol are believed to have played a factor.
Hunt was traveling as a passenger in a southbound Mazda3 when a northbound 2011 Ford F-150 driven by Zarb crossed the centerline and struck the car. Both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane.
The driver of the Mazda, a 15-year-old girl from Yacolt, was injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center along with a 15-year-old female passenger and 66-year-old passenger Danlette Yato, 66, of Yacolt.
Zarb was also taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
Both vehicles were totaled.
According to The Columbian, “Zarb allegedly admitted to first responders on scene that he had three drinks and then met up with a friend in Battle Ground and consumed two more drinks. An open container was also found in his pickup, according to an affidavit of probable cause.”
The newspaper reported that when firefighters asked him what time it was, Zarb reportedly thought it was 6 or 7 p.m., the affidavit states.
“While AMR units were assisting him, he was clearly being sarcastic and uncooperative when asking for his name. I could even hear Zarb laughing while in the back of the ambulance,” a trooper wrote in the affidavit, which was reported on by The Columbian.