Aberdeen police suspect the man who died Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on East Wishkah Street was experiencing some kind of medical event prior to losing control of his vehicle, according to a statement from Aberdeen Police Lt. C.J. Chastain.
The 69-year-old Central Park man was identified Tuesday as Carl Andrew Winter by Coroner Robert G. Kegel after next of kin had been notified. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Emergency responders found Winter “deceased in the driver’s seat of his severely damaged 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck” when Aberdeen fire and police personnel arrived on the scene between the Tractor Supply and Verizon stores in the 1200 block of East Wishkah Street shortly before 1:30 p.m.
Witnesses told investigators the Dodge was westbound on East Wishkah Street coming past the bluff into town when the vehicle partially left the roadway to the right before correcting and crossing both westbound lanes, the center turn lane and the left eastbound lane, according to Chastain. The Dodge then struck a loaded car carrier Peterbilt tractor in the right eastbound lane head-on. The car carrier was pushed onto the railroad tracks to the right of the roadway.
“Following the initial impact, the Dodge struck an eastbound 2017 Toyota Prius,” said Chastain. “Neither the Peterbilt driver, a 27-year-old Aberdeen man, nor the Prius driver, a 61-year-old Aberdeen man, were injured in the collisions.”
Traffic was detoured through the Gateway Plaza parking lot during the investigation, which lasted late into the evening. A Hoquiam Police Department officer assisted with a FARO scanner to map the scene, and further assistance was provided by Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers, said Chastain.