State Police take 14 year old boy into custody following serious injury collision on Highway 26
State Police arrested a 14-year-old Barlow High School student Wednesday, Feb. 8, after a tip connected him to a hit-and-run crash on Highway 26 east of Gresham on Tuesday, Feb. 7, that left Sandy's Dean Jackson Pace, 52, seriously injured. He was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Sciences University.
State Police detectives and troopers, with the assistance of Gresham police, contacted the boy and he was taken into custody for felony hit and run and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Information indicates the suspect juvenile stole the van from a rural tree farm east of Gresham and was alone at the time of the traffic crash. He had no visible injury, but was examined by paramedics before being transported to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility. His name is not being released at this time.
Any witnesses to the crash or others who may have information to assist with this investigation can call 503-731-3030.
The incident began at approximately 4:40 p.m. as a Ford van was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 18 when it drifted into the center grass median. The van's driver over-corrected, traveling back into the westbound lanes where it crashed into the driver's side of a 2009 BMW sport utility vehicle. The van then continued west, across the center median where it rolled and came to rest upright across both eastbound lanes.
A witness told officers that at least one person got out of the van and fled on foot. A canine track led officers west toward Stone Road.
Pace was using safety restraints, and his vehicle's airbags deployed.