Newberg couple hurt in crash
A 56-year-old man died when he was allegedly run off the highway in a road-rage battle with a Portland woman identified as Trisha Jo Homan, 45. Troopers from the Oregon State Police said she managed to avoid getting entangled in the wreck herself, and sped on, but was apprehended up the way.
Troopers withheld identification of the deceased pending notification of next of kin. They identified the Newberg couple as driver Shilo Marie Walters, 36, and passenger Richard R. Walters, 43.
Both were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, he by Life Flight helicopter, she by ground ambulance. His injuries were characterized as serious but not life-threatening, hers as less serious.
Troopers said Homan was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on one count each of third-degree assault, criminally negligent homicide, injury hit-and-run, reckless driving and reckless endangering. She subsequently posted bail to secure her release, they said.
They gave this account of the chain of events, which began about 4 p.m.:
About 25 miles northeast of Tillamook, the 56-year-old man, eastbound in a 2001 Chrysler Sebring, became embroiled in a road-rage incident with Homan, eastbound in a 2009 Hyundai Sante Fe. Homan attempted to pass in a no-passing zone, but had to swerve back in to avoid an oncoming vehicle and forced the Chrysler off the road in the process.
The Chrysler slid in a gravel pullout and spun into the westbound lane, where it collided with the Newberg couple's 2004 Jeep Wrangler. The Hyundai sped on eastbound.
The driver of the Chrysler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses who stopped to assist told troopers the Chrysler and Hyundai had been engaged in road-race activity. That led OSP to put out an alert for the Hyundai, which was eventually stopped by Beaverton police on Highway 26 near Cedar Hills Boulevard.
A trooper working the Tillamook County crash scene headed to Washington County to take Homan into custody. After charging her, he transported her to the Yamhill County Jail.
Highway 6 was closed for about four hours while officials conducted an investigation and cleared debris.