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Driver involved in fatal crash on Murray Boulevard faces charges

by: Jaime Valdez A memorial has been placed at the scene of a fatal crash on Nov. 22, which claimed the life of Stephanie Dusa, a 21-year-old Beaverton woman, who was ejected from the passenger seat of a car.

The driver of the car involved in the Nov. 22 fatal accident at the intersection of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Weir Road is facing criminal charges.

Beaverton police arrested Justin Hookie, a 22-year-old transient, on Nov. 25 after he was discharged from Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

A grand jury charged him Dec. 5 with first-degree manslaughter, aggravated driving while suspended felony, hit-and-run vehicle injury, reckless endangering, reckless driving and a parole violation, said Officer Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman.

The charges stem from a single-car crash that claimed the life of Stephanie Dusa, a 21-year-old Beaverton resident, after she was thrown from a silver 2003 Infiniti G35 driven by Hookie.

The crash took place Nov. 22 just after 8:20 p.m.

Witnesses reported a car containing a man and a woman hit a tree and possibly a retaining wall.

When police arrived, a witness said she was driving southbound on Murray as a silver 2003 Infiniti G35 rapidly approached her from behind.

As both cars approached the intersection at Brockman Street, the witness said the Infiniti sped past her in the left lane.

Hookie apparently lost control of the car as he passed, causing it to hit the center median, then a tree in the median, Yazzolino said.

The impact considerably damaged the car's front and right passenger side.

Dusa, the passenger, was ejected while the rest of the car continued southbound in the northbound lanes.

A short distance later the Infiniti came to rest where Hookie was able to escape from the wreckage.

He was found nearby, bleeding from his head and holding his arm, and was transported to OHSU.

The Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team led the investigation into the wreck.