Trooper: Mother, son in critical condition after 'confused driver' on I-5
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Investigators now believe the driver who slammed head-on into another car on Interstate 5 on Friday was not drunk or impaired, but simply confused.
The crash killed a 6-year-old boy and critically injured his aunt, Ericka Gorremans, and her 10-year-old son.
They're both in critical condition at OHSU on Saturday evening, according to Trooper Will Finn with Washington State Patrol.
A close family friend told KATU that Gorremans may not be able to walk for up to a year, while her son may lose a leg.
"It's going to be a long, long recovery for them," said Amy Henson, who says both families got together for dinner a few nights before the crash.
She broke down talking about the 6-year-old who died, Henry.
"He was such a happy boy," she said,
Gorremans was Henry's aunt, but both boys lived with her in La Center, says Henson.
In fact, Henry shared a room with his 10-year-old cousin.
Henson says Gorremans is a single mother with disabilities. Henry's mother also lives nearby and is "a total wreck," she said.
Gorremans and the boys were driving home on Friday afternoon and were only five exits away.
Gage Musgrave, 84, drove the wrong way on I-5 near Ridgefield on Friday afternoon before crashing into the car driven by Gorremans, according to WSP.
Troopers believe Musgrave drove the wrong way on the exit 11 off-ramp because he was confused and disoriented, but investigators do not know why it happened.
Finn says Musgrave is in satisfactory condition at a Vancouver hospital and is cooperating with investigators.
No charges have been filed, although the investigation is ongoing.
Neighbors told KATU on Friday that Musgrave lived alone.