Suspects sought in two-vehicle crash Sunday night


WALLA WALLA — Police are still looking for two suspects allegedly involved in a two-vehicle collision Sunday night on Fern Avenue and Reser Street.

According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report, witnesses saw two cars speeding south on Fern Avenue and witnesses also reported two men fled the scene after the collision.

The driver of one of the cars, Richard E. Cornwell III, 18, said occupants of the other car had been harassing him, and he attempted to elude them. Cornwell said the unidentified driver of the other car then passed him and he gave chase. The first vehicle, described as a white Honda, slid through the Fern and Reser intersection, striking a power pole.

Cornwell stated he attempted to stop, but struck the passenger side of the Honda, trapping a 16-year-old male in the car. Cornwell said he backed his car up, and went to help the 16-year-old. Conwell also told police the other occupants of the vehicle, whom he did not recognize, fired a handgun at him before they fled.

Witnesses at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office report, stated they saw a man yelling at another person, but did not hear gunshots. They also claim they saw a minivan arrive with three shirtless, heavily tattooed men. Then men left the scene before police arrived.

The 16-year-old was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for evaluation, and was released with minor injuries. Cornwell was cited for reckless driving.


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