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BATTLE GROUND, WA (KPTV) – A 33-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash involving an SUV in Battle Ground Saturday evening.

Clark County Fire District 3 and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash in the 27400 block of Northeast 182nd Avenue just before 7 p.m.

First responders performed CPR on the motorcyclist, identified as Steven Lenz, of Vancouver. Lenz was then transported to an area hospital with injuries.

The driver of the SUV has been identified as Johnny M. Merriman, 73, of Battle Ground.

Deputies say Merriman was traveling northbound and turned left into the path of the southbound motorcyclist, according to driver and witness statements.

Deputies Wednesday said Merriman is cooperating with the investigation. They do not believe impairment is a factor in the crash.

Merriman and a passenger in the SUV, a 2016 Toyota Highlander, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

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