1 killed in crash at SW Wash. highway intersection

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - A 17-year-old girl was killed Friday when the car she was riding in ran a flashing stop sign and was hit by a pickup, the Washington State Patrol reported. Two others were seriously injured in the collision.

State troopers responded to the scene, at the intersection of Highway 502 and NE 29th Avenue in Battle Ground, at about 2:40 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a serious crash.

The 17-year-old Woodland girl was found dead at the scene of the crash when troopers arrived.

An investigation found that the girl had been riding as a passenger in a 1994 Toyota Corolla being driven by Ryan L. Matison, 20, of Battle Ground.

The Corolla was speeding south on 29th Avenue and failed to stop at a flashing red light at the intersection with Highway 502, the State Patrol reported. As the car entered the intersection, it was struck by a 2006 Chevy pickup that was heading east on Highway 502.

Matison was injured in the crash, along with the driver of the pickup, who was identified as a 23-year-old Battle Ground man. Both were taken to a Portland, Ore., hospital.

Speed was the main cause of the crash, and charges are pending against Matison after he is released from the hospital, the State Patrol reported.

Alcohol and drugs were not believed to be a factor in the crash.