1 dead, two injured in Woodland car crash

WOODLAND, Wash. – One person is dead and two others were injured after the car they were in slid 50 yards off an embankment and another 100 yards down a gully late Tuesday night, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Corey D. Huffine, with the sheriff’s office, said the crash happened in the 800 block of Insel Road at 10:40 p.m.

The driver of the 2003 Ford Mustang, 28-year-old Christopher J. Beacock was killed. His passengers, 25-year-old Matthew S. Hance of Battle Ground and 33-year-old Nicholas L. Ackerill of Ridgefield, were taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center. Their conditions are not known.

Huffine said witnesses said the car looked like it was speeding, couldn’t make a turn and went off the road.

Huffine said the three had just left a party at Beacock’s home and were less than a mile from there when they crashed. Reportedly, Beacock was “test driving” Hance’s car.

Firefighters had difficultly rescuing the three from the car because of the steep terrain. More than 50 firefighters responded to the scene.

Beacock was dead when rescue crews arrived, and Hance was unconscious when he was found. Ackerill had to be cut from the back seat but he was conscious.

Investigators don’t know if alcohol was a factor in the crash. They are awaiting the results of the toxicology report.