The Columbian reports that Jeremy R. Schmidt, 19 of Ridgefield, was killed and his passenger, Jayson E. Caughman, age 19 of Vancouver, sustained a neck injury in a single car accident on state Highway 503 in Cowlitz County on Thursday afternoon around 3:45pm.
The car accident occurred near Milepost 44, nine miles east of Woodland. According to the Washington State patrol, Schmidt was speeding in his 1987 Toyota Tercel when the car’s rear tire blew. Schmidt was thrown from the car after the car hit an embankment and rolled over.
Caughman was airlifted to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
One wonders if Schmidt was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.