State Patrol Seeks Witnesses To
Homicide On State Highway
June 13, 2018
(CLARK COUNTY, WA.) – The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking additional witnesses to assist the agency in solving a murder that occurred along State Route 503 near Northeast 119th Street in Clark County early Saturday morning.
At approximately 1:45 a.m., on June 9th, WSP troopers responded to a report of a fatal collision near Prairie High School in Clark County. According to a witness, a Toyota Corolla driven by Ariel Romano, appeared to be street racing a sedan southbound on State Route 503 from Northeast 119th Street. Romano’s vehicle then appeared to lose control and departed the roadway to the right, driving across the entrance to Prairie High School, crashing into a tree.
“Further investigation revealed at some point during the incident, Romano sustained a gunshot wound. Romano suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” said a WSP statement issued Tuesday.
A witness told troopers the sedan stopped briefly after the collision before fleeing. Other witnesses told WSP Detectives they saw the sedan later turn westbound onto Northeast 99th Street. Troopers and local officers searched the area but were unable to locate the fleeing sedan.
WSP Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Jen Ortiz 360-449-7948, Jennifer.Ortiz@wsp.wa.gov, Detective Justin Maier 360-449-7943, Justin.Maier@wsp.wa.gov, or Detective Dave Ortner 360-449-7942, David.Ortner@wsp.wa.gov.