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Driver runs stop sign; two killed

Two people died Saturday in a “T-bone” crash in rural Washington County when the car they were in ran a stop sign and was struck broadside on Highway 219 south of Hillsboro.

Robby Lee Welch, 29, of Beaverton, died at the scene. The driver, Tasha Marie Ann Smith, 24, of Portland, died while being treated for her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that hit their car, Jerry Lee Hinds, 62, of Hillsboro, was transported to Tuality Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, at 3:24 p.m. Sunday, May 26, deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 219 and Southwest Simpson Road in unincorporated Washington County.

Investigators learned that Smith and Welch were returning from a day of fishing when the crash occurred.

There is no indication of alcohol involved in the crash, and Hinds is not facing any charges.

— Jim Redden




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