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Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Investigation - Highway 26 east of Gresham
02/08/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s two vehicle critical injury traffic crash on Highway 26 about one mile east of Gresham in which the occupant(s) of the offending vehicle fled on foot and have not been identified or found. OSP is asking for any witnesses to the crash or saw the van's occupant(s) fleeing the scene who have not spoken with OSP to contact their department at (503) 731-3030.
 
On February 7, 2012 at approximately 4:40 p.m. a silver 1999 Ford van was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 18 when it drifted into the center grass median. The van’s driver over-corrected, traveling back into the westbound lanes were it crashed into the driver’s side of a 2009 BMW X5 sport utility vehicle. The van then continued west, across the center median where it rolled and came to rest upright across both eastbound lanes.
 
A witness told arriving officers that at least one person got out of the van and fled on foot. Other information developed indicates possibly four males fled. The van’s occupant(s) have not been identified or located. A canine led officers west toward Stone Road where the track ended.
 
The other vehicle’s driver, DEAN JACKSON PACE, age 52, from Sandy, was seriously injured and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Sciences University. He was using safety restraints and his vehicle’s airbags deployed.
 
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Borng Fire Department, AMR ambulance and ODOT. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Dianne Roper.