January 18 2018
On 9/9/2017 at 6:31pm, Fire, EMS and CCSO responded to the 16800 block of NE 39th Street on a report of a two vehicle head-on collision. Upon arrival, medics immediately began providing aid to the involved drivers. One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene after lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. The other driver suffered no serious injury, and refused medical treatment at the scene.
The deceased driver was identified as Thomas WA Back, age 25, of Vancouver.
Based on scene evidence and witness statements, the Kia Forte sedan driven by Back was traveling westbound on NE 39th Street when it crossed the center line, directly into the path of an eastbound 2006 Ford Mustang driven by Ulises Ramirez, also of Vancouver. At the time of this collision, the roadway was dry. The Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating this incident for causing factors.