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Cornelius woman arrested after vehicle injures pedestrian

Verbal altercation preceded hit-and-run on Allen Boulevard

An eyewitness report led to the arrest of a Cornelius woman in a hit-and-run incident Thursday night that injured a 39-year-old female near a business at 12000 S.W. Allen Blvd.

A witness and the victim provided officers with information leading them to locate a suspect vehicle and suspect in Cornelius. Monica Gunderson, 39, of Cornelius, was arrested on Friday at 2:30 a.m. for hit and run and lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Beaverton police arrived at what was reported as an injury vehicle crash in the area of Southwest Lombard Street near Allen Boulevard on Thursday around 10 p.m. Officers found Christina Vega, a 39-year-old female, on the sidewalk near a business at 12000 S.W. Allen Blvd.

The victim, who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle that was no longer at the scene, was transported to a local area hospital for what at the time looked to be life threatening injuries. It was later determined that none of her injuries were life threatening, said Officer Mike Rowe, spokesman with the Beaverton Police Department.

The victim and the male passenger of the vehicle were apparently involved in a verbal dispute when the male got into the suspect's vehicle Gunderson was driving. Vega knew the passenger, but not the driver, Rowe said.

Although details are still under investigation, the victim came in contact with the vehicle and left the vehicle, striking the pavement. Gunderson realized the victim had been in contact with her car and was potentially injured, but left the scene without doing what is required by law, which is to stop, remain at the scene, exchange information and render to any injured person reasonable assistance.



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