Man who died outside McCleary identified

The man who died outside McCleary while trying to remove from his car a piece of debris he struck on Highway 8 has been identified of Scott McEvers of Olympia.

McEvers, 40, apparently suffered a heart attack unrelated to striking the debris March 16, said the Washington State Patrol. The trooper who responded performed CPR but McEvers was later pronounced dead.

“We’re not calling that related to the collision at this point,” Trooper Russ Winger said.

The debris had fallen from a truck earlier, the driver later identified as Michael Austin of Aberdeen. When Austin returned to the scene in search of the debris, he apparently panicked and fled into the woods on foot when he saw police, the State Patrol said. Troopers and McCleary Police found him using a tracking dog.

Austin was taken into custody and released. He will not face charges for fleeing police, but may be charged over the fallen debris and for driving without a license.