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News Release
Investigation of Battle Ground Collision (Update: Arrest Made) - 07/22/19

** July 22, 2019 Update **

Battle Ground Police Officers have arrested Daniel Scott Berry, DOB 10-20-85, of Vancouver, WA for one count of Vehicular Homicide.

Berry was booked into the Clark County Jail; charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Battle Ground Police Department acknowledges the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, the Washington State Patrol, and citizen witnesses who stepped forward for their assistance during the investigation. 

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**July 11, 2019 Update**

The Battle Ground Police Department has been notified that motorcyclist, John Christianson, has died from the injuries he sustained in the collision.   

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Battle Ground, WA  -  The Battle Ground Police Department, with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, continue their investigation of a collision that occurred Monday morning at the intersection of SR 503 (10th Ave) and Eaton Blvd in Battle Ground, WA.

Emergency responders from Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Fire District 3 and AMR were called to the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 8:00 am on Monday, July 8. 

Two vehicles had collided in the intersection - a 1992 Lexus sedan driven by Daniel S. Berry, 34 of Vancouver, WA and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, WA.   Christianson was transported from the scene to Peace Health Hospital with life threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at the time of this release.

The initial investigation, including reports from witnesses, indicate that Berry was driving northbound on SR 503 and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Blvd.  Christianson was traveling east on Eaton Blvd and was crossing the intersection when he was struck by Berry.  Debris from the collision struck two nearby vehicles. 

Just after the collision, the Lexus driver, Berry, stopped on the north side of the intersection.  He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Berry advised a Battle Ground Police Officer that he had no injuries and did not require medical attention.  He remained on scene and cooperative with officers during the investigation. 

The intersection remained closed for several hours allowing law enforcement officers to conduct a thorough on-scene investigation.  A complete investigation is ongoing.  

Battle Ground Police would like to speak with any witnesses to the incident that they have not already interviewed.  The number of 9-1-1 calls received indicate there are additional witnesses.  Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information should contact Battle Ground Detective Neil Seifert at 360-342-5244 or by email at t@cityofbg.org">neil.seifert@cityofbg.org.

Because the investigation is ongoing, no citations or charges have been issued.  The results of the completed investigation will determine appropriate citations/charges. 

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