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Three People Killed in Deadly Crash on Interstate 5

COWLITZ COUNTY, WA (May 5, 2021) Richard Stoker, Karen Stoker and Arthur Anderson died Saturday morning after a fatal car collision on Interstate 5.

Authorities responded at the scene around 8:00 a.m. on April 24, on northbound Interstate 5.

Richard and Karen Stoker’s 2013 Kia Sorento was parked alongside Anderson’s 1996 International tow-truck on the northbound shoulder. Shortly after, a BMW struck them at mile marker 45.

Per initial investigation, Ireland’s 2011 BMW veered to the right, rear-ended the Kia, and then struck Anderson, who was standing between the cars.

Paramedics pronounced Richard, 55 and Karen, 54, both of Battle Ground, and Anderson, 63, of Longview dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, crews took Ireland and Travis Stoker, another passenger of the Kia, to a hospital for treatment to their injuries.

Authorities later arrested Anna-Christie Ireland and charged her with three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

In addition, a GoFundMe page was created to assist the Stoker’s loved ones.


Our warm and sincerest sympathies go out to the friends and family of Richard Stoker, Karen Stoker and Arthur Anderson.


The sudden loss of a loved one as a result of an accident is a traumatizing experience. The suffering is worse when the negligence of a third party caused the death. If you have lost a loved one in an accident and you need the help of a wrongful death attorney, contact Sweet James. For a free evaluation of your case details, call their hotline at (800) 975-3435. To request a police report, click here. They are here to help you and your family during these trying times.

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