Vancouver pedestrian struck, killed


by KGW and AP Staff

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 4:49 PM

VANCOUVER -- A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday evening in Vancouver by a passing car.

Police were dispatched to East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road about 5:50 p.m. on a report of a pedestrian being struck, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.

The driver was westbound on Mill Plain when 62-year-old Donald L. Collins reportedly stepped onto the street from a median, she said.

He was dead when officers arrived. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police, she said.

A second driver nearly hit the man, she told KGW.

According to court documents, Scotty R. Rowles, 47, told the responding officer he had consumed "a bowl of marijuana" about "60-90 minutes" before the crash.

Rowles was administered a field sobriety and drug test and was taken into custody and charged with vehicular homicide.

On Wednesday, the Clark County District Attorney's office dropped the charge, saying further investigation was needed.

The arrest garnered extra attention because it came weeks after the possession of marijuana was made legal by a statewide vote in November. How police enforce pot-impaired driving laws has been part of the public policy debate since the vote.

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