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Woman Survives Overnight Following Serious Injury Crash - Highway 26 west of Sandy
January 27, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A woman was seriously injured in an overnight crash along Highway 26 between SE Orient Drive and SE Kelso Road west of Sandy. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the crash that is believed to have happened late Saturday night but was not discovered until Sunday morning.
 
On January 27, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m., a citizen reported seeing a crashed vehicle in a wooded area on the north side of Highway 26 near milepost 22. Sandy and Boring fire departments and OSP responded to the scene and made a couple passes through the area before seeing a crashed vehicle in woods. When emergency responders arrived, they found a woman about 150 feet from the crashed vehicle seriously injured and suffering from hypothermia. The woman, KENDRA A. DOMICO, age 35, from Rhododendron, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the 1996 Ford Explorer driven by DOMICO was eastbound when, for an unknown reason, lost control and traveled across the westbound lanes. The Ford went into a wooded area and crashed into several trees. The seriously injured woman was believed to be using safety restraints and at some point after the crash got out of the vehicle and wandered away to the point where she was found this morning.
 
OSP learned an area resident heard a loud noise about 9:45 p.m. Saturday night and went outside to see if there was a crashed vehicle. This person did not find any signs of a crash and returned home but didn't call 9-1-1.
 
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. Trooper Tyler Bechtel is the lead investigator.
 
OSP was also assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and AMR ambulance.