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High Speed Car Accident in Vancouver Seriously Injures One

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Feb 08, 2014

Believe it or not, it is rare for a police officer to witness an accident. However, a Vancouver police officer was recently an eyewitness to a high-speed accident.

The car accident occurred at the intersection of Northeast Andresen Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard just before 2:00 a.m. According to a statement from Vancouver Police Traffic Sgt. Pat Johns, the officer was stopped at a red light on Fourth Plain when he watched as a Chevrolet Malibu began to turn left onto Andresen. When it made the turn, it collided with an older model Dodge Intrepid that was headed through the intersection in the opposite direction.

Officer Johns says that the Intrepid was:

  • Traveling at a high rate of speed
  • Did not have its headlights on
  • Had run a red light


The impact of the accident sent the vehicles spinning in multiple 360-degree turns. After the cars came to rest, the Intrepid burst into flames. The officer on the scene had to use several fire extinguishers to put out the fire as he waited for fire personnel to arrive.

Injuries Range From Minor to Severe

Police have reported that the Malibu contained two occupants, 20-year-old Levi Verstegen and 19-year-old Sierra Hornsby. Both were taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the Intrepid, 28-year-old Ashley Gumbel, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She was listed in critical condition.

Police are still working to determine the cause of the accident. Vancouver police spokesperson Kim Kapp reported that investigators are waiting for toxicology reports and an interview with Gumbel.

Our attorneys would like to wish all of the accident victims a swift and full recovery.

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