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Wilsonville man accused in traffic crash appears in court

by: COURTESY TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE AND RESCUE - Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics wheel one of the two teenage victims of the Aug. 7 crash to a waiting Life Flight helicopter. A Wilsonville man appeared in court today in connection with an Aug. 7 incident in which he allegedly struck and injured two West Linn middle school students with his vehicle.

19-year-old Tyler Joos made a brief appearance in Clackamas County Circuit Court this morning 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.

“This is a pretty complicated case,” Woram said.

Rastetter agreed to set a new court date for January 2014 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 he struck two 13-year-old girls walking along Southwest Wilsonville Road near Memorial Drive in Wilsonville. The girls, both students at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn, were walking on a sidewalk when Joos’ westbound vehicle reportedly veered off the roadway and across the sidewalk before running them down.

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 and Science University Hospital.

Joos remained on-scene and cooperated with investigators. 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.

“A crash of this nature requires a precise and diligent investigation, which takes time to be done correctly,” Wilsonville Police Chief James Rhodes said at the time.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team assisted Wilsonville Police in the investigation, which involved dozens of witness interviews and hours of surveillance footage from nearby businesses.

Investigators also said forensic evidence obtained during the investigation indicates Joos likely was using inhalant chemicals prior to the crash.

Joos remains free on pre-trial 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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