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Update: 9-1-1 Call, Photographs Released - Highway 6 Hit & Run Investigation
03/24/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Audio and Photograph links valid for 30 days - Sources:
Tillamook 9-1-1:
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/2008-03-24-10-29-29-INCIDENT.mp3
Oregon State Police:
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/032208.hwy6mp1.hitandrun.1.JPG
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/032208.hwy6mp1.hitandrun.2.JPG
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/032208.hwy6mp1.hitandrun.3.JPG
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/032208.hwy6mp1.hitandrun.4.JPG
 
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's serious injury hit-and-run crash involving a van found abandoned later in Tillamook. The driver and any other occupants associated with the van have not been identified. To help with this investigation, a call made by one of the injured drivers into Tillamook County 9-1-1 center at the time of the crash is being released along with photographs associated with this investigation.
 
Please note the audio file is divided into two segments. The first segment that lasts about 83 seconds is the initial call from STEVEN KERSHAW reporting a possible DUII driver last seen stopped on Highway 6 near milepost 7. There is a silent gap on the file of about 2 minutes and 47 seconds before a second recording involving STEVEN KERSHAW when he was talking to the 9-1-1 dispatcher at the time his vehicle was struck by the hit-and-run driver.
 
According to the ongoing OSP investigation, on March 22, 2008 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Oregon State Police and local Tillamook-area police and fire agencies responded to a three vehicle serious injury crash on Highway 6 near milepost 1. A 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by a STEVEN KERSHAW, age 55 from Tillamook, was westbound on Highway 6 near milepost 1 when it was rear-ended by a green 1995 Ford Windstar van. The initial collision forced the Pontiac into the eastbound lane where it collided with a 2005 Chevrolet four-door driven by JOSHUA DREWECK, age 23, from Forest Grove. The green Ford Windstar van initially stopped but then fled the scene.

 
About 90 minutes after the crash the Ford Windstar van was found unoccupied in Tillamook near the courthouse about a mile from the crash scene. Investigators advised the van, which was reportedly seen by the KERSHAWs before the crash westbound several miles east of Tillamook, has been sold by the previous owner to an unknown person.

 
STEVEN KERSHAW sustained minor injuries and was transported to Tillamook County General Hospital. His wife, NANCY KERSHAW, age 51, was seriously injured and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital hospital. His daughter, ALYSSA KERSHAW, age 19, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Tillamook County General Hospital.

 
JOSHUA DREWECK was critically injured and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital by LifeFlight. His passengers, JASON DREWECK, age 23, from Forest Grove, was seriously injured; GRADY FOX, age 20, from Forest Grove, received minor injuries; and, ASHLEY LAMINI, age 21, from Beaverton, received serious injuries. All were transported to Tillamook County General Hospital by ambulance.
 
All injured persons except for NANCY KERSHAW and JOSHUA DREWECK have been treated and released.

 
The crash was witnessed. However, investigators think there were others who may have witnessed the crash, came upon the crash scene shortly after it happened, or know who the occupants of the van were. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.