Father of Grays Harbor undersheriff dies in accident


An 81-year-old Satsop man was killed yesterday afternoon when he was pinned between two vehicles while preparing to load beef cattle for market.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Ray Scott, the father of Undersheriff Rick Scott and a longtime Satsop resident.

Ray Scott had been loading cattle at about 4:10 p.m. yesterday when he stepped behind his pickup truck to obtain his gloves just as another vehicle driven by his wife of more than 50 years pulled up on the southbound shoulder of the road.

Both vehicles were facing southbound on Keys Road about a half mile south of Highway 12, and Ray Scott and other family members had been working to gather the cattle to prepare them for sale, a Sheriff’s report said.

The Mercury Mariner SUV driven by his 75-year-old wife “just prior to parking lunged forward, pinning Mr. Scott between the two vehicles,” the report said.

Deputies and family members removed him and started CPR. Aid personnel from Grays Harbor Fire District No. 5 also responded and continued first-aid efforts, but Ray Scott was pronounced dead at the Elma Airport, where a Medivac helicopter had been sent to take him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“While preparing Mr. Scott for flight, it was determined by aid personnel on scene that (he) had succumbed to his injuries,” said Dave Pimentel, chief criminal deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.

Because his son is a Sheriff’s officer, the Washington State Patrol has been asked to conduct a full investigation of the accident.

Rick Scott was not at the scene at the time, but another son and his son’s wife were present when the accident occurred, Pimentel said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.