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Injuries result from complicated collision near Montensano

Natalie St. John

Published on November 21, 2017 5:17PM

MONTESANO — Several Pacific County residents were involved in a three-vehicle collision that injured two people on Nov. 20.

The crash occurred just after 7 a.m., according to a memo from the Washington State Patrol.

David Perez Serrano, 18, of South Bend, was driving his white Chevy van southbound on SR 107, about three miles south of Montesano. Passing is not allowed there, but Perez Serrano attempted to overtake a black tractor-trailer driven by Jesus Torres Montufar, 43, of Elma.

Perez Serrano then swerved to avoid a head-on collision with a white 1999 Ford van driven by Nichole Berrell, 25, of Raymond. He crashed into Torres Montufar’s semi, then veered into Berrell’s van.

To prevent a head-on collision, Berrell swerved into a ditch on the northbound side of the road. Perez Serrano’s van spun around, crossed over the northbound lane, hit an embankment, and went into the ditch.

Torres Montufar was able to pull to the side of the road. He was not injured.

Perez Serrano had two passengers in his car, Florentino Perez, 53, and Josefina Perez, 49, both of South Bend. Josefina Perez was injured, and taken by ambulance to Community Hospital.

One of Berrell’s passengers, Joseph Hanson, 35, of Raymond, was injured. He was also taken to Community Hospital. A six-month-old baby in Berrell’s van was not injured.

All of the people were wearing seatbelts. Drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Perez Serrano was cited for unsafe passing and negligent driving.


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