A body was found in an overturned pickup truck that was half-submerged in Cook Creek in East Grays Harbor County over the weekend. Grays Harbor County Coroner Lane Youmans said in a press release Monday that the driver has been identified as Maxwell Belknap, 27, of Elma. An autopsy was conducted Sunday, and the cause of death was determined to be due to drowning.
Sgt. Bob Wilson with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office tells us it was reported around 2:18 am Saturday morning. The 911 caller said they happened upon the wreck after it had occurred and stopped to see if they could render assistance but did not see anyone around.
Deputies arrived by 2:30 and located the white Ford Ranger pickup in the creek, on the West side of the East Satsop road, near milepost 5.5. They located a body in the passenger compartment of the vehicle which was later identified as the registered owner of the vehicle.
The Grays Harbor County Coroner notified the family of the 27-year-old man over the weekend, the driver has been identified as Maxwell Belknap, 27, of Elma.
Investigators have not determined why the vehicle left the road but noted no signs of high speeds or braking. Wilson said that the vehicle was transitioning from a straight stretch of road to a tight corner near the creek and it appears the vehicle drove straight off the corner.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott said on Monday that the department will have to wait for toxicology reports to determine the cause of the accident.