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Vancouver man dies from injuries in January I-205 crash

A Vancouver man has died from injuries suffered in a vehicle pileup in mid-January on northbound Interstate 205, according to Washington State Patrol.

Gordon Bigalow, 92, succumbed to his injuries Jan. 27. He had been in hospice care following treatment at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, a crash memo issued Wednesday states.

At about 3:15 p.m. Jan. 17, three vehicles — a 2004 Honda CR-V, 2010 Ford Focus and 2005 Toyota Camry — were stopped for traffic in the left lane of northbound I-205 at Burton Road. A white 2008 GMC Savana van failed to stop and struck the rear of the Honda, causing a chain reaction, according to the crash memo.

Bigalow was a passenger in the Honda. The driver, identified as Rovelyn N. Beiden, 27, of Longview, was uninjured. She was transported with Bigalow to the hospital.

The drivers of the Ford and Toyota, identified as Tyler J. Simmons, 32, of Oregon City, Ore., and Volodymyr Gavryshchuk, 57, of Vancouver, respectively, were uninjured.

The driver of the GMC, identified as Keith Z. Ruark, 30, of Vancouver, was also uninjured.

Troopers determined the crash was caused by following too closely.


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