State Patrol identifies victims of 112 wreck

PORT ANGELES — The State Patrol this morning released the names of five people who were injured in a two-car collision shortly after midnight Saturday on state Highway 112.

They are Tanner J. Bradeen, 17, Ryan Lee Garber, 18, and Ariana Taylor Pharr, 18, all of Port Angeles; and John Michael Pahutski, 58, and Stephen J. Anderson, 60, both of Olympia.

Pharr is in serious condition in Harborview Medical Center’s intensive care unit, and Bradeen is in satisfactory condition at the Seattle hospital, a spokeswoman said today.

Garber had surgery at Harborview and was discharged Monday, his mother said today.

All five were transported to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where Pahutski and Anderson were treated and discharged, an OMC spokeswoman said today.

Garber’s mother, Charissa Garber, said Pharr and Bradeen also had surgery at Harborview.

She said Monday in an email that her son’s surgery, Saturday afternoon, included having a rod put into his left lower leg, which had nine fractures, she said.

His left foot, right ankle, and multiple ribs also were fractured, she said.

“All three kids constantly ask for updates of the others and wanting to see the other kids,” she said in the email.

When the collision occurred, they had just left a memorial for a friend who had died.

The collision occurred at 12:05 a.m. Saturday according to a press memo identifying the victims. The memo was not released until this morning because of a clerical error, State Patrol spokeswoman Chelsea Hodgson said.

Fire department personnel do not identify wreck victims because of privacy concerns.

Drugs or alcohol were not involved, according to the memo.

Garber was driving a 1980 Chevrolet Luv pickup southbound from Freshwater Bay Road onto Highway 112 when it was struck in the intersection by a 2000 Ford F250 pickup truck driven westbound on 112 by Pahutski.

Garber failed to stop at a stop sign, according to the State Patrol.

The State Patrol said Garber pulled onto Highway 112 in front of Pahutski.

The small pickup was broadsided by the larger pickup, Clallam County Fire District 4 Chief Alex Baker said Monday.

Both vehicles were totally destroyed.

The Chevy Luv pickup was almost unrecognizable except for a tire that was visible following the wreck.

“I am not sure that I have ever seen a vehicle that damaged and all the occupants able to be transported from the scene,” said Baker, an emergency medical technician for 27 years.

Crews used hydraulic Jaws of Life apparatus to extricate two occupants.

Two of the five victims were conscious and alert, Baker told Peninsula Daily News on Saturday.

Three of the five involved in the collision required advanced life support, according to Clallam County Fire District 4.

The roadway was blocked for more than five hours, the State Patrol said.

The collision remains under investigation, Hodgson said this morning.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].

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