A third teenager has died following a crash in Clark County that claimed the life of a Napavine girl last week.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the 15-year-old driver of the Mazda 3 that was struck head-on by a suspected intoxicated driver on June 14 has died at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.
Ivy Hunt, 16, of Napavine, and twins Harumi and Emi Yato, both 15, of Yacolt, have all died as a result of the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol, with Hunt dying at the scene and the Yatos dying while receiving medical care.
A third passenger, Danlette Yato, 66, of Yacolt, was also hospitalized.
David Zarb, 46, of La Center, is facing vehicular homicide and assault charges after allegedly crossing the centerline on state Route 503 in Clark County in a 2011 Ford F-150 and striking the Mazda.
His bail has been set at $500,000. Zarb is scheduled for another appearance in court June 25.
The Washington State Patrol responded to the area of state Route 503 and Gabriel Road for a two-vehicle, head-on collision at about 1:30 p.m. on June 14, according to a probable cause affidavit for Zarb’s arrest
When a detective approached Zarb’s vehicle they noticed “an odor of intoxicants coming from inside the truck,” the affidavit stated. Zarb admitted to troopers and firefighters at the scene that he had three drinks before meeting up with a friend in Battle Ground for two more. He told firefighters he believed it was 6 or 7 p.m.
While on an emergency stretcher, Zarb “was clearly being sarcastic and uncooperative” when asked for his name, according to the affidavit. After he was transported to the hospital, a responding officer could also smell an odor of intoxicants and noted Zarb’s “eyes were bloodshot and watery.”
Zarb requested an attorney at the hospital, the affidavit stated, though while speaking with a nurse he said “it was like a hard collision” and mentioned his airbag deployed. A responding officer took a blood draw for toxicology evidence after receiving a search warrant.