April 7, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Two people are facing DUII and other criminal charges as part of an ongoing investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers into a single vehicle injury crash Saturday evening along Highway 99E just north of Aurora. A vehicle with five occupants, two adults and 3 children, traveled off the highway and flipped onto its top before crashing into a residence occupied by two people. No one in the house was injured but the vehicle's five occupants were transported to area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
On April 6, 2013 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle (SUV) driven by JENNIFER B. LEMEN, age 32, from Hubbard, was southbound on Highway 99E approaching the Pudding River Bridge. LEMEN and her boyfriend/right front passenger HUGH ALLAN AVERETTE, age 33, were arguing when AVERETTE allegedly grabbed the steering wheel causing LEMEN to lose control. The SUV crossed the northbound lane, striking a pile of wood and flipping over as it crashed into a home in the 21000 block of Highway 99E. The SUV came to rest on its top with the two adults and three children injured.
LEMEN, AVERETTE, and her three children (two girls ages 9 and 8, and a boy age 5) were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. The three children received non-life threatening injuries.
While being treated at an unidentified hospital, LEMEN was cited and released to appear at a later date in Marion County Circuit Court for DUII.
AVERETTE was treated and Oregon Health & Science University. Upon release, he was arrested by OSP and lodged in Marion County Jail on the following charges:
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (4 counts)
* Assault in the Third Degree (4 counts)
* Assault in the Fourth Degree - Domestic Violence
LEMEN and the children were using safety restraints. AVERETTE was not using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Police Department, and Clackamas and Marion County deputies also responded and assisted at the scene.