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OSP Arrests Driver Following Hit & Run Crossover Crash - Interstate 205 south of Portland
11/22/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a southeast Portland man early Saturday morning after he drove away from the scene of a traffic crash on Interstate 205 that caused another involved vehicle to cross over the center median and crash head-on with a third vehicle. Five people were injured in the two other involved vehicles.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on November 21, 2008 at approximately 11:02 p.m. a 2003 Honda Civic driven by the suspect was southbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 14 when it rear-ended a rented 2008 Ford F150 pickup driven by JOHN R. SMART, age 62, from Detroit, Michigan. The impact caused the Ford pickup to lose control, spin out and drive up the center median embankment into the left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2004 Nissan driven by KEVIN W. CHONG, age 42, from Vancouver, Washington.
 
The suspect drove away from the scene but was followed by a witness who obtained the car's license plate information and provided it to OSP.
 
On November 22nd at 1:09 a.m. OSP troopers arrested JOHN WILLIAM REDICAN, age 53, at his southeast Portland apartment in the 300 block of SE 126th Avenue. REDICAN was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:
  • Felony Hit & Run (two counts)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault in the Third Degree (two counts)
  • Assault in the Fourth Degree (three counts)
 
JOHN SMART and his two passengers, MARY WYDOCK, age 31, and ROBERT WYDOCK, age 4, from Indianapolis, Indiana were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University with non-life threatening injuries.
 
CHONG and his passenger DAVID CRUTHERS, age 41, from Vancouver, Washington were transported by ambulance to Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Fire District I and ODOT assisted at the scene. The northbound lanes of Interstate 205 were closed for approximately 90 minutes.