On July 27, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., a 2001 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 56-year old male was eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 27 when a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle attempted to pass the Chrysler in a no passing zone. A witness traveling westbound said the Hyundai attempted to move back into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle, forcing the Chrysler off the roadway into a gravel pullout. The Chrysler's driver lost control, slid into the westbound lane and collided with a westbound 2004 Jeep Wrangler driven by Shilo Walters, age 36, from Newberg.
The Hyundai continued eastbound from the scene without stopping.
Upon arrival of emergency responders, the Chrysler's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name and city of residence will be released upon confirmation of next of kin notifications.
The passenger in the Jeep Wrangler identified as Richard Wwalter, age 43, from Newberg, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Shilo Walters was transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators received information from witnesses at the scene that prior to the crash the operators of the Chrysler and Hyundai were involved in "road rage" behavior. This information led OSP to request law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the Hyundai.
At approximately 5:04 p.m., information from Washington County Sheriff's Office and Beaverton Police Department led to the driver being stopped by Beaverton police eastbound on Highway 26 near Cedar Hills Boulevard. An OSP trooper responded from the crash scene as part of the ongoing investigation and subsequently arrested the Hyundai's driver, Trisha Jo Homan, age 45, from Portland, on the following charges:
* Criminally Negligent Homicide
* Assault in the Third Degree
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Felony Hit & Run
The trooper transported Homan to Tillamook County Jail where she was lodged on the charges. According to jail staff, she posted bail and was released to appear at a date and time to be set.