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Update #4: Driver Involved in Saturday's Double Fatal Crash west of Sandy Arrested on Unrelated Charges
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The driver of a vehicle involved in a double fatal traffic crash Saturday afternoon west of Sandy was arrested Monday on unrelated charges following his discharge from a Portland-area hospital. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the traffic crash that resulted in the death of an Eagle Creek mother and her daughter.
On April 27, 2009 MATTHEW DANIEL INGLE, age 18, from Estacada, was detained by Oregon Health Sciences University security personnel upon release from the hospital where he was being treated since Saturday's crash. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office took INGLE into custody and transported him to the Clackamas County Jail where he is being lodged on the following charges not related to the fatal crash investigation:
  • Burglary in the Second Degree (probable cause arrest by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
  • Felony warrant held by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office charging Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Bail reportedly set at $55,000.
INGLE was the driver of a 1987 Toyota 4Runner involved in an April 25, 2009 crash at 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 26 and SE Orient Drive about one-half mile west of Sandy. A 2005 Toyota Corolla four-door driven by PAMELA L. BENSON, age 42, from Eagle Creek, was attempting to turn left from SE Orient Drive to eastbound Highway 26 when it was struck in the driver's side by a INGLE's westbound sport utility vehicle. Witnesses reported to investigators that INGLE failed to stop for a red traffic signal.

PAMELA BENSON was using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 11-year old daughter, CLARICE MARIE BENSON, was in the right rear seat. She was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where she was pronounced deceased.

INGLE was assisted from his vehicle by people who stopped at then scene before being transported by AMR ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command and Government Camp offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and Clackamas County interagency crash investigation team (CRAFT). Sandy and Boring fire departments, Sandy Police Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.