Wilsonville teen accused in traffic crash appears in court
Tyler Joos does not speak during a brief case management hearing
A Wilsonville teen appeared in court Dec. 10 in connection with an Aug. 7 incident in which he allegedly struck and injured two West Linn middle school students with his vehicle.
Tyler Joos, 19, made a brief appearance in Clackamas County Circuit Court for a case management hearing in front of Judge Thomas Rastetter. Joos did not speak during the hearing, which he attended with his attorney, Daniel Woram of Oregon City.
Citing the complexity of the case, as well as ongoing negotiations with the state over a possible plea offer, Woram requested the matter be set over for another month.
Rastetter agreed to set a new court date for January for further case management.
Joos faces two counts of third-degree assault, a class B felony, as well as single counts of fourth-degree assault and driving under influence of intoxicants as a result of the Aug. 7 crash in which two 13-year-old girls walking along Southwest Wilsonville Road near Memorial Drive in Wilsonville were struck. The girls, both students at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn, were walking on a sidewalk when Joos westbound vehicle allegedly veered off the roadway and across the sidewalk before hitting the girls.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue paramedics provided medical care for the girls, one of whom was transported by air ambulance and one by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
Joos remained on-scene and cooperated with investigators, according to police. He was not arrested at the time of the crash, but following an in-depth police investigation he turned himself in to the Wilsonville Police Department on Oct. 31.
Investigators said forensic evidence obtained during the investigation indicated Joos likely was using inhalant chemicals prior to the crash.
Joos remains free on pretrial release subject to a no-contact order with the two victims, as well as requirements that he not frequent bars or consume drugs or alcohol and obtain a valid license before driving.
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