The death of a 16-year-old boy in a head-on collision on Interstate 5 has been ruled a suicide.State Patrol investigators found Andrew Lee Skidmore of Dallas, Ore., was going north in the southbound lanes Wednesday. He died when his 1970 Dodge Dart slammed into a Peterbilt semitrailer rig near Woodland.
Cowlitz County Deputy Coroner Brett Dundas said Thursday that Skidmore was not wearing a seat belt, nor were there any skid marks to show he tried to brake or swerve. Dundas adds that witness accounts also point to suicide.
The truck driver, 54-year-old Lawrence A. Smith of Lakehead,Calif., was treated for minor injuries at St. John Medical Center in Longview.