Four-car Sherwood crash sends two to hospital

Portland man arrested on several charges.
by: Washington County Sheriffs Office

Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 31-year-old Portland man following a high speed crash where the man's car slammed into the back of a vehicle stopped for a traffic light on Highway 99W in Sherwood Wednesday.

Deputies and Sherwood Police Department officers responded to the crash shortly before 4 p.m., which reportedly involved four cars along northbound Highway 99W at Sunset Boulevard.

Witnesses told police that a 1996 Audi A4 driven by Nathan Leitz was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he approached a red light at Sunset Boulevard where other cars had already stopped. They estimated that Leitz was traveling more than 50 mph when he struck one of the vehicles parked at the light.

Deputies said they don't believe Leitz applied his brakes before hitting a 2008 Chevy Aveo driven by Julieanna Moseley, 19, of Newberg. She was taken to Providence Newberg Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The impact of the crash caused a chain reaction that pushed Moseley's vehicle into the two cars in front of her. No injuries were reported to those motorists.

Leitz was taken to Providence Newberg Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. A sheriff's deputy later arrested Leitz on charges of fourth-degree assault, reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged at Washington County Jail.