March 22, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
On March 20, 2013 at approximately 10:12 a.m., a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by MARY E. COCHRAN, age 27, from Clackamas, was northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 16 when it attempted to slow for a braking vehicle. COCHRAN lost control, veered from the center to left lane and collided with a 2002 Dodge Caravan occupied by eight people. The Jeep then rolled off the left side of the freeway lanes and was stopped by a cable center barrier. Both vehicles came to rest on the left shoulder and left lane. The driver of the braking vehicle didn't stop at the scene but was aware the crash occurred.
The van's male driver, AKININO ENGICHY, age 45, from Salem, and six passengers (5 females and 1 male) were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with minor injuries. No information is available regarding if these individuals are still being treated at the hospital.
COCHRAN was also transported by ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries and was treated and released.
An ongoing investigation by OSP Trooper Scott Kinch indicates COCHRAN and another driver later identified as CONNIE JANE POFF, age 53, from Milwaukie, was involved in a road rage-related incident traveling at a high rate of speed northbound. Just prior to the crash, POFF drove in front of COCHRAN's vehicle and braked hard leading to COCHRAN losing control and colliding with the van.
On March 22, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Trooper Kinch arrested POFF at her residence and lodged her in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:
* Eight (8) counts of Assault in the Third Degree
* Eight (8) counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Reckless Driving
* Felony Hit & Run - Injury Traffic Crash
* Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
Later in the morning, Kinch contacted COCHRAN and cited her to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on the following charges:
* Seven (7) counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Reckless Driving
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
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