Teen killed in Ridgefield-area crash

9-4-13-Ridgefield Fatal-Gary Kahne
A crash Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2013, killed one teen and left another injured at this spot near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in Washington state. (KOIN 6 News, Gary Kahne)

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (KOIN) — A 17-year-old Ridgefield High School student died and another was injured in a single-car crash on a rural Clark County road Wednesday night.

The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. at NW Main and 291st streets, near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. The 17-year-old driver was taken to the hospital. His passenger, Tanner Kaine Trosko, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials told KOIN 6 News the driver was trying to make a 90-degree turn and lost control, flipped over and landed on its top. The teen was driving a 1960 Ford F-25 pickup truck.

The driver is the son of the owner of TLC Towing. That company has a contract with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and because of that, the Vancouver Police Department was asked to lead the investigation.

Many students learned of the teen’s death through social media.

Ken Ward is the parent of two Ridgefield High School students and said the community will pull together.

“I was a little stunned and very startled by the whole thing,” he said. “I hope he didnt suffer  at all. It’s, it’s heartbreaking. It’s just horribly heartbreaking.”

Ward said the twisting roads of Clark County are often dangerous.

“Pay attention to the roads because this isn’t the city where you can just see the turns coming,” he said.

At the school, district leaders changed the library into a room where students and faculty can talk about the shock and their loss.

The investigation continues, but early indications show the crash was not related to alcohol.

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