Driver in wrong-way crash north of Vancouver dies

Driver in wrong-way crash north of Vancouver dies
Police say a wrong-way driver crashed head-on with another car on northbound Interstate 5 near the Battle Ground Exit on Feb. 28. (Photo: WSP)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The driver who police say drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 late last month, crashing into another car and killing a 6-year-old boy, has died, according to Washington State Patrol.

Gage W. Musgrave, 84, died just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Roy Hickey Hospice Center in Vancouver, according to WSP spokesman Will Finn. He died from complications from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Police say they believe Musgrave got confused and drove his white 2005 Toyota Avalon the wrong way into the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield on Friday, Feb. 28. He then slammed into a Nissan, driven by Ericka Gorremans. Gorremans was critically injured. Her 10-year-old son and 6-year-old nephew were also in the car. Her son was also injured but her nephew died.

WSP said Musgrave was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

After the accident, Musgrave was taken to PeaceHealth Medical Center and then was transferred to the hospice center.

Finn said the crash is still under investigation. Police briefly interviewed Musgrave on one occasion. Finn said there are still more witnesses to interview and some of them are out of state.