Fatal crash details sought

Washington State Patrol looking for witnesses to deputy’s wreck

— The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a Jan. 16 fatal crash involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team has assumed primary investigative responsibility for the collision west of town and north of Withrow on state Highway 172.

Robin H. Foster, 27, was killed about 3:29 p.m. when his pickup truck collided with an unmarked Ford Expedition driven by on-duty deputy Richard M. Poppie, 42, a State Patrol report said. Both are from Waterville.

Foster was thrown from his vehicle, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

It’s not known if he was wearing a seatbelt, or if drugs or alcohol were involved, the report said. He died at the scene.

Poppie was taken to Confluence Health in Wenatchee for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said.

Foster was westbound on C Road N.W. and attempting to enter state Highway 172. Poppie was northbound on the highway. His SUV struck Foster’s vehicle in the intersection.

Foster’s truck came to rest on the southbound shoulder of the highway. Poppie’s vehicle came to rest on its side on the northbound shoulder.

Okanogan County deputy Kevin Arnold responded to the crash as the nearest law enforcement officer available, SRogers said.

The patrol said its Major Accident Investigation Team responds to collisions statewide from its office in Monroe.

The unit is staffed with collision reconstruction detectives and will be investigating the crash using the human, vehicle, environment model to determine what caused the crash.

Detectives are seeking witnesses who may have seen any events leading up to or the actual crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Ed Collins at 360-805-1195.


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