Charges dropped against driver in fatal Vancouver crash

Charges dropped against driver in fatal Vancouver crash

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Manslaughter charges were dropped against a man who was arrested on Monday after a deadly crash that killed a man crossing the street in Vancouver.

Police said 47-year-old Scotty Rowles admitted after the crash that he had earlier been smoking marijuana. Prosecutors said Rowles was originally arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter.

One of Rowles' family members said despite smoking earlier in the day, he was not impaired when he got behind the wheel.

On Wednesday, Clark County prosecutors said after reviewing the case, they decided to drop the charge against Rowles. The prosecutors concluded that further investigation was needed, a spokesperson said.

Rowles is currently not being held on any charges, although the investigation is still open.

Prosecutors also said despite what a police news release said, Rowles was never charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

62-year-old Donald Collins of Vancouver was killed in the crash. Police said he stepped off a median to cross E. Mill Plain Blvd when he was hit.