A fatality collision near town on Highway 97 last Thursday has a local person hoping to learn the identity of the man killed.

The Washington State Patrol reported a fatality collision on Highway 97 at milepost 15, just outside Goldendale, at 8:52 a.m. A 1999 Ford truck was southbound on Highway 97 when it drifted off the roadway to the right, struck an embankment, spun around and rolled multiple times, ejecting the driver. The driver was not wearing a seat belt. The vehicle came to rest on its top facing the wrong way on the southbound shoulder. The driver was deceased at the scene.

He was identified as a 26-year-old from Pine, Oregon, but his name was not released at that time pending notification of next of kin. A Goldendale person has been searching for his identity.

“I stopped to help the young man who died in the rollover crash,” the person shared with us. (The Sentinel is not disclosing the reader’s name out of respect for her privacy.) “I left when the paramedics arrived and before learning his name.” Of the experience of trying to help the victim, who was thrown from his truck, the reader said, “It was so very difficult. I truly wish I could have done something to change the outcome.”

She said she hopes to learn the driver’s name to help put the memory at rest for her and as a way to respect the life he lived.