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Seriously injured woman rescues herself

Trapped in her car overnight, she frees herself and crawls toward a highway


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - The mangled wreckage of a Rhododendron womans SUV rests against trees in a wooded area alongside Highway 26, west of Sandy.By Tuesday morning, a Rhododendron woman had been upgraded from serious to good condition at Oregon Health & Science University after crashing into a forested area alongside Highway 26 Saturday night, Jan. 26.

The crash and the seriously injured woman were not discovered until after sunrise Sunday morning.

Kendra A. Domico, 35, was driving eastbound on Highway 26 toward Sandy at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Between Kelso Road and Orient Drive, for an unknown reason, she left the eastbound lanes, crossed the westbound lanes and traveled into the woodland on the highway’s north side.

Domico crashed into several trees, and was seriously injured, said a spokesperson for the Oregon State Police.

But, apparently, no one saw the crash, because no one reported it.

One person who lives in the area reported hearing a crash at about 9:45 p.m. The resident went outside to see if any signs of a crash were visible, but told OSP troopers there were no signs of a crash in the dark of night. The resident did not call 9-1-1.

Police said they believe Domico was using seat belts. Sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Domico was able to extricate herself from the 1996 SUV, which had been mangled by crashing into several closely-planted trees.

By 8 a.m. Sunday a driver passing by on the highway noticed that a vehicle had crashed into the trees, and called police.

Fire responders from Sandy and Boring as well as OSP troopers rushed to the scene.

Domico was located about 150 feet from the crashed car, suffering from serious injuries and hypothermia. She was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to OHSU.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence that either alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

Assisting OSP at the scene were deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office and personnel from the Oregon Department of Transportation and American Medical Response ambulance.