May 13, 2020
On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at approximately 7:28 pm The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious injury motor vehicle collision at milepost 5 on the USFS 65 road, 15 miles north of Carson, WA.
The caller reported a vehicle swerved off the paved roadway and was 50 yards down an embankment.
Skamania County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Skamania County EMS and Skamania County Fire District 2 personnel responded.
The driver, Braden Allen Scott Hegewald, 21, of Home Valley, Washington died at the scene.
The investigation is on-going, however the initial information obtained at the scene was Hegewald, the lone occupant in a 1995 GMC Sierra truck, was southbound on the USFS 65 Road near milepost 5, encountered a northbound vehicle on a sharp corner. It appears Hegewald was unable to negotiate the corner, left the roadway, and was ejected from his vehicle.