FGHS grad killed in hit-and-run crash
- Christian Gaston
- Forest Grove News-Times - News
Police say man stole car, killed woman and was later found naked
Cedar Mill author Cynthia Barton Rabe died Sunday morning after she was struck by a drug-addled hit-and-run driver in Washington County.
Rabe, 47, wrote 'The Innovation Killer,' a 2006 book about how 'group-think' and 'experts' can sometimes stifle innovations in all kinds of industries. She was president and founder of Zero-G LLC, a company she started after working for years as an Intel Corp. innovation strategist and as a member of the product management team that introduced the Energizer Bunny to TV audiences.
She died at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center from injuries she suffered in the morning accident on Northwest Linmere Drive near Northwest Circle A Drive in Cedar Mill.
Washington County sheriff's deputies took 21-year-old Corey Scott Jensen into custody after a chase through a neighborhood that ended when Jensen was found wandering naked through the streets, shouting at the top of his lungs.
Jensen has not been arrested, but could face manslaughter charges after he recovers from injuries suffered at the time of the collision.
The incident stunned Rabe's family and friends who live throughout Washington County, including Cornelius.
Rabe graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1983.
Deputies were called at about 9:45 a.m. to the neighborhood where they found Rabe seriously injured by the side of the road. Medical crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue provided aid to Rabe, and she was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment, where she died.
Rabe was walking or jogging along Linmere Drive when she was struck by a 2010 Nissan Cube that apparently had been stolen from the Re:Generation Festival at Horning's Hideout near North Plains in rural Washington County.
Police believe Jensen stole the Cube from someone he knew at the Re:Generation Festival, and drove to his home on Linmere Drive.
Deputies investigating the collision said the Cube was traveling on Linmere Drive when it apparently veered off the road and struck Rabe. The car then struck a large boulder on the side of the road, disabling it.
Trying to steal a car, smashing its windshield
The driver jumped from the car and ran. When another car on the road stopped to help, police say Jensen jumped into the car and attempted to start it, but didn't have the keys.
The driver of that car had a brief interaction with Jensen, said Sgt. Vance Stimler, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
'He was trying to encourage Mr. Jensen to go back to the crime scene and that's when Mr. Jensen ran head-first into the car,' Stimler said.
After smashing his head, police said Jensen wandered off from the scene.
When police arrived, they dispatched a K-9 team to find their suspect. They found Jensen about 30 minutes later wandering naked and shouting. Deputies fired a Taser to subdue him and then took him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he's still recovering from the injuries he sustained in the crash and subsequent altercation, unrelated to his arrest.
Which drugs, when,
Police say they suspect Jensen was using drugs either during or after his attendance of the Re:Generation Festival, a four-day music event at rural Horning's Hideout, but aren't sure what he took, exactly.
'Through the investigation we have some ideas but we're going to rely on the toxicology report to say,' Stimler said. 'People can say, I saw so-and-so doing this, but they have no idea what he was doing when they weren't with him.'
Bob Horning, who operates Horning's Hideout, said the event was a tragedy. He said he's worked hard to keep drugs out of his venue, which hosts large music festivals about five times a year.
'This is a tragedy but we do our best to make sure that nothing happens here,' Horning said.
Horning said his security team caught a man trying to bring drugs into the venue Friday afternoon and called Washington County Sheriff's deputies to have him arrested, a cooperative effort that includes routine patrols of the area by sheriff's deputies.
'I have an open door policy with them,' Horning said. 'They were up here Saturday, drove through checking out how things are happening.'
About 2,000 people attended the Re:Generation festival, which drew musical acts from across the country, including electronic music acts Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Bassnectar.