After tragedy tranquility returns to Washougal swimming hole

first_imgMike Fisher stood Sunday afternoon on the north side of the Washougal River, wearing flips-flops, a swim suit, sunglasses and a baseball hat while sipping a beverage. Less than two weeks earlier, and just a few steps away, two German tourists were mowed down by a Jeep Grand Cherokee that tore through Sandy Swimming Hole Park.On Sunday, the only reminders of the incident were 12 flower bouquets placed on a chain-link fence at the edge of the swimming hole parking lot.“I don’t see why that one incident should deter people from coming,” Fisher said. “Don’t let it kill the vibe of the place.”The maroon-colored Jeep was headed east June 25 on North Shepherd Road in Washougal when it left the roadway and plowed through a chain-link fence on the west side of the swimming hole, 550 N. Shepherd Road. It then went down a 30-foot embankment and toward the Washougal River before striking Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62, while they sunbathed on the beach, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The Jeep then went up a berm and through a park sign before exiting the park to the east, according to Washougal police. David Croswell, 71, of Washougal was arrested later that evening in connection with the incident.last_img read more