Branson Myers, 22, of Longview was identified as the driver in the fatal collision between a pickup and two motorcycles on Saturday near Cathlamet. The crash killed two motorcyclists and left two more people with injuries.
The Washington State Patrol responded to the crash at 1 p.m. after Myers crossed the center line in his Dodge Ram pickup while headed west on State Route 4, the agency reported. The vehicle struck a pair of eastbound motorcycles.
William and Patricia Neudorher, 56 and 54, of Vancouver died on impact when the truck hit the motorcycle they were riding together. The driver and passenger of the second motorcycle were identified as Wayne and Brenda Priest, 56, of Sequim, Wash.
Brenda Priest was treated and released at St. John Medical Center in Longview, but her husband was admitted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to hospital spokesman Randy Querin. He was undergoing a medical procedure Monday afternoon and was listed in serious conditions later in the afternoon.
The troopers on scene indicated that Myers may have fallen asleep behind the wheel, as there were no signs of impairment. The State Patrol said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Myers, a 2014 recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff’s Benefit Association, was cited with second-degree negligent driving. He was a consistent honors student while attending Mark Morris High School and Mount Solo Middle School, according to Daily News archives.