Police arrest two men in connection with hit-and-run near Tillamook
- Christian Gaston
- Forest Grove News-Times - News
Seven injured in the crash include three Forest Grove men and a Beaverton woman
Oregon State Police have arrested two men in connection with a hit-and-run crash near Tillamook that injured seven people, including four from Washington County.
Police arrested Eric Ramirez, 19, of northeast Portland, and Carlos Jimenez-Balboa, 25, of southeast Portland at a Greyhound bus station in Salem Wednesday evening.
Detectives were told that both men were planning on leaving the state on a bus that night.
Police arrested Ramirez for DUII; Felony Hit-and-Run; Reckless Driving; 7 counts of reckless endangerment; 7 counts of Assault II; 7 counts of Assault III and 7 counts of Assault IV.
Jimenez-Balboa is being held on Felony Hit-and-Run.
Both men were initially lodged in Marion County Jail, and will be transported to Tillamook County Jail, where they will be arraigned in Tillamook County Circuit Court on the charges.
The arrest ends a four-day search for the men, who police say were driving a Ford Windstar last Saturday that was involved in a multi-car crash near Tillamook on Highway 6.
The investigation of the crash indicates that a green 1995 Ford Windstar rear-ended a 2003 Pontiac Vibe heading west on Highway 6 just east of Tillamook at about 11:30 p.m. March 22.
The Vibe, driven by Steven Kershaw, 55, of Tillamook, was forced into the eastbound lane where it collided with a 2005 Chevrolet sedan driven by Joshua Dreweck, 23, of Forest Grove.
Police say the green Windstar stopped at the scene of the crash, but fled shortly thereafter. About 90 minutes after the crash, police located the van, which had been abandoned by its driver, in Tillamook near the Tillamook Courthouse, located at 201 Laurel Ave.
Police said the van had recently been sold by its previous owner to an unnamed party.
Steven Kershaw called 9-1-1 shortly before the accident occurred. He told the dispatcher that the Windstar was being driven erratically, weaving over the center line and the fog line.
The Windstar turned around on the highway and apparently headed east for a bit, before again heading west and colliding with Kershaw's vehicle.
Joshua Dreweck was critically injured in the crash and was transported by LifeFlight to a Portland-area hospital. His passengers were also injured. Jason Dreweck, 23, of Forest Grove, was seriously injured; Grady Fox, 20, of Forest Grove, received minor injuries; and Ashley Lamini, 21, of Beaverton received serious injuries.
Steven Kershaw sustained minor injuries; his wife, Nancy Kershaw, 51, of Tillamook, was seriously injured and transported to a Portland-area hospital; and his daughter, Alyssa Kershaw, 19, sustained minor injuries.
Police say there was a witness to the crash, but other motorists may have seen the crash or the van being abandoned by its driver or passengers in Tillamook.