Montesano woman dies in crash


McCLEARY — A 60-year-old Montesano woman was killed Monday afternoon on Highway 8 when another car struck her vehicle and forced it off the road and into a tree, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Two other people involved in the accident had injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals.

Karen Sawyer, 60, of Montesano, died at the scene of the accident, according to the state patrol.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 8 and McKnight Road, three miles west of McCleary.

A 32-year-old Grayland driver in a 2006 Honda CRV was eastbound on Highway 8 when he changed lanes to the right, hitting the driver’s side of the 1997 Mercury Sable driven by Sawyer, who had a 47-year-old passenger from Elma. The State Patrol says that Sawyer’s Sable veered off the roadway to the right, struck a large tree, rotated and then dipped partially into Wildcat Creek.