Featured Stories


20-year-old speeder endangers children

Speeding near kids at play, driver crashes into SUV, blames its driver, then speeds away


There’s a reason for a 25-mph speed limit in residential areas.

Children.

That fact makes it dangerous to drive fast through a neighborhood such as Evans Street.

So it’s no wonder that a resident of the 39500 block of Evans Street was a little upset the evening of June 14 after a woman had driven through the neighborhood at what he described as “a high rate of speed,” according to the police report.

The man, who described his neighborhood as “densely populated with children,” parked his SUV across the middle of the street to get the woman to slow down and stop the next time she passed by. His goal was to get her license plate number and report the excessive speed.

The woman — later identified as Jessica S. Staigle, 20, who sometimes lives with her parents in Boring — turned and drove back down the street, the man told a Sandy police officer.

This time she also was going fast, and when she saw the car parked in the street, she “skidded to a stop, hitting my (SUV),” the man told the officer.

“She went through the area,” the officer told The Post, “driving really fast and being stupid; apparently, she turned around at the end of the street and drove back down the street. When he saw her coming, he put his car in the middle of the road to block it. I advised him that was a stupid move on his part.”

After crashing into the SUV, Staigle immediately got out of her car and started yelling at the man, complaining about his SUV in the street. He yelled back about her speeding through the neighborhood where children were playing.

The argument ended as soon as it started, and Staigle quickly got bdack in her car and sped away without giving her name, address, phone or insurance.

In fact, there was no insurance information.

“Ms. Staigle told me she got back into her car and drove away,” the officer wrote in his report, “because she knew the crash was her fault and she was scared.”

Then, the officer said, she drove a few blocks away and basically hid her car in Cascadia Village. After parking her car in an out-of-the-way place, she walked back to the other end of Evans Street. She was temporarily living with a friend who lives in that neighborhood.

“I asked her why she parked her car over at Cascadia Village (instead of near her friend’s apartment),” the officer told The Post. “She said she knew that (a police officer) would be looking for it.”

When the officer looked at Staigle’s car, he said it was difficult to determine where the car had made contact with the SUV because there already was so much damage to the front end of the vehicle.

“That car was in bad shape,” the officer said.

Although his actions weren’t very thoughtful, the man walks.

But Staigle will face two judges in two courts: Clackamas County Circuit Court to answer a criminal complaint for hit and run-property, and Sandy Municipal Court for having no liability insurance.

“She ran away,” the officer told The Post. “If she had stayed at the scene of the crash, (the man and Staigle) probably both would have been cited. The fact is she left the scene of an accident. Her biggest problem was she didn’t have any insurance. That’s why she (ran away).”