A tragic crash injured two people in Vancouver over the weekend. Washington State Patrol (WSP) say Dmitriy Lezhnin, 18, caused the crash while turning off of Highway 500 unto 112th Avenue. Reckless speeding is believed to be the cause of the crash.
WSP said Lezhnin was traveling in excess of 20 mph above the posted speed limit of 60 mph. The on-scene officer reported that Lezhnin lost control of his vehicle, a blue Acura sedan, before jumping the curb and steering head-on into the northbound lanes. He then collided with a red Toyota SUV driven by Lowell Finstad, 81, a Vancouver local.
Lowell Finstad was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to treat numerous injuries, including a fractured sternum and back, internal bleeding of the brain, and organ damage, as well as abrasions to his head and arms. Finstad was eventually transferred out of ICU and remains in stable condition. The passenger in Lezhnin’s vehicle, Vitaliy Lezhnin, was also injured with a broken hand and was transported to a hospital in a private vehicle.
Dmitriy Lezhnin was arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper at the scene of the crash. He admitted to WSP that he was driving at a high speed in order to avoid being pulled over by the police. He was later booked at a Clark County jail for attempting to elude police, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and two counts of vehicular assault. Lezhnin was released the next day on bond. A court date has been set for the second week of February.
Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.