Man Hit and Killed by Car While Walking Across Highway
March 9, 2019, On Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 6:59 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a person who had been hit by a car while crossing SW Tualatin Valley Highway, just outside the City of Cornelius. Deputies arrived to find the body of a 59-year-old man from Hillsboro, who appeared to have been hit by a white 2006 Honda Accord with front-end damage. The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man from Cornelius, remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
The initial investigation indicates the driver of the Honda Accord was driving westbound on SW Tualatin Valley Highway at NW 334th Avenue when the crash happened. A witness reports a possible second vehicle may have also hit the victim, but that vehicle or driver have yet to be identified
The possibility of driver impairment is also under investigation.
The victim of the crash has been identified as Dionicio Olvera of Hillsboro. The highway was closed for several hours following the crash while the Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) began its investigation.
CART is a multi-agency team of specially trained law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office and the Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, Tigard, and Tualatin police departments.
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office also has an assigned deputy district attorney on the team, who responded to this crash. The sheriff’s office would like to thank the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for setting up a detour while the investigation was underway
Impaired driver arrested for DUI after leaving hospital
Impaired Driver Airlifted to Hospital After Crash Causes Vehicle Fire
February 28, 2019, Washington County Sheriff reports that on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 4:12 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an injury traffic crash at the intersection of South 12th Street and South Dogwood Street.
Community members had pulled an unconscious female from a red 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to deputies arriving. When deputies arrived, the Jeep caught fire and deputies attempted to use fire extinguishers to control the flames.
Cornelius Fire & Rescue, assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded to treat the driver and extinguish the flames. Based on witness accounts, deputies learned that Jeep was traveling southbound on South 12th Street at a high rate of speed when it struck a Toyota Camry at South Dogwood Street. The collision caused the Jeep to spin and strike a parked Chevrolet Silverado, and later catch fire.
The driver of the Jeep, 18-year-old Natalie Saiz-Amezquita of Cornelius, was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a nearby Life Flight helicopter, which airlifted her to a Portland trauma hospital.
During their investigation, deputies learned Ms. Saiz-Amezquita was impaired by alcohol. After being discharged from the hospital, she was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving.
Juan Diaz-Gomez charged with seven gun raps and DUI for blasting away while driving drunk
Deputies Arrest Aloha Man Who Shot From Vehicle While Driving Impaired February 22, 2019, On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 9:17 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to multiple reports of gunfire heard in the area of Southwest Farmington Road and Southwest 192nd Avenue in Aloha.
As deputies were flooding the area to search, dispatch continued to receive reports of additional instances of gunfire. Many of those reports came from community members of Pine Ridge Mobile Park, located at 6900 Southwest 195th Avenue. At 9:38 p.m., deputies located the suspect outside his residence at the mobile park.
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The suspect was highly intoxicated and had just crashed the SUV he was driving into his own vehicle parked in the driveway.
The suspect was highly intoxicated and had just crashed the SUV he was driving into his own vehicle parked in the driveway. Based on witness accounts, deputies believe the suspect fired multiple rounds, during multiple instances, indiscriminately into the air while driving impaired around the neighborhood.
Deputies located spent shell casings inside the SUV and later seized a handgun from inside the residence. Juan Diaz-Gomez, 21, of Aloha, was arrested on seven counts of unlawful use of a weapon, seven counts of reckless endangering, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving. There were no reports of injuries or property damage as a result of stray bullets.