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Gaston man's condition improves after crash

Accident at intersection leaves other family members uninjured


A 35-year-old Gaston man has been upgraded to serious condition from critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University after a car crash on Highway 47 last Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Travis Johnson, 35, was ejected from his black Jeep Liberty and sustained life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a safety restraint.

Timothy Sabrowski, the driver of a 1987 Toyota Supra which was apparently involved in the crash, left the scene. He was later found after officers received a tip about his location.

Sabrowski, 48, also of Gaston, was not injured. No arrests have been made and he is now cooperating with investigators.

Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department said police and Washington County’s Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team are still investigating how — or even if — the two vehicles collided.

Witnesses reported seeing Sabrowski weaving in his vehicle and tailgating Johnson’s car before the crash.

Johnson’s wife, Stephanie Wirfs-Johnson, 30, and Johnson’s three children, ages 11, 13 and 15, were wearing safety restraints and were not injured.

If Johnson had been wearing a seatbelt, he likely would not have been ejected, Herb said.




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