Collision with Washington State Patrol Car in Clark County
The investigation is on-going, but Zhao reported to investigators that he fell asleep. Trooper Gates, 39 years of age, was transported by ambulance to Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWWMC) with head lacerations and bruises to his shoulder. Kelibner complained of neck pain, but refused treatment by emergency personnel. Zhao was transported by ambulance to SWWMC complaining of soreness to his neck and back. The WSP would like to remind the public that Washington State law requires motorists to pull to the right when being motioned to stop by a police car. One of the most dangerous places for police officers during the course of their work day is the inside shoulder of the roadway.
Motorists often pull to the left rather than the right as required by law, jeopardizing everyone's safety.
The crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time.