Washington State Patrol has identified the driver involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday on southbound Interstate 5 as a 20-year-old Washougal man.
Adrian J. Calzada-Gonzales was killed in the wreck on a bridge over the Coweeman River. His identity was confirmed by the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office, according to a State Patrol news release.
Troopers say Calzada-Gonzales was southbound on the freeway near Milepost 38 when the Mercedes he was driving struck the concrete barrier on the left, “spun across all three lanes, and struck the guardrail on the right side.”
The car came to rest in the center lane facing the wrong way, and “the driver was not located,” the news release says. Evidence showed Calzada-Gonzales was ejected during the crash, State Patrol spokesman Will Finn told The Daily News in Longview.
Rescue teams were deployed multiple times after the crash to search the Coweeman River and its banks, The Daily News reported. A body was located in the river Wednesday night, but troopers did not confirm its connection to the crash.
The State Patrol’s news release says it’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, and Calzada-Gonzales’ cause of death remains under investigation.