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Vancouver man arrested in fatal Battle Ground motorcycle crash

A Vancouver man was arrested Monday in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist earlier this month in Battle Ground.

Daniel Scott Berry, 33, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, according to a Battle Ground police news release. The arrest comes after a July 8 crash at the intersection of Southwest 10th Avenue (state Highway 503) and Eaton Boulevard. John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, was injured and died later that week.

On the day of the crash, emergency crews were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. to the intersection. A 1992 Lexus sedan, driven by Berry, and an Indian motorcycle, driven by Christianson, collided, according to police.

Witnesses said Berry was driving north on 10th Avenue and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Boulevard. Christianson, who was traveling east on Eaton Boulevard, was struck by Berry’s car, the news release said. Debris also struck two nearby vehicles.

Berry, who was alone in the car, did not report any injuries. He remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators, the news release said.

He is scheduled to make a first appearance today in Clark County Superior Court.

Following the crash, Christianson was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. On July 10, he was taken off life support and “his desire was fulfilled to help others through organ donation,” Christianson’s family said in an email.

Christianson was a longtime Clark County resident and worked as director of engineering and operations at Trail Tech, a Polaris subsidiary in Battle Ground, according to his family. He was riding to work at the time of the crash.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit and Washington State Patrol assisted in the investigation.


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