A possibly alcohol-related crash left a Tualatin man with life-threatening injuries Sunday evening, July 30, after he was struck on the sidewalk by a sport utility vehicle, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
Nathaniel Franciosi, 36, was apparently walking along the sidewalk on Highway 99W near the intersection of Fischer Road, across the highway from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 35 near King City, when a Chevrolet Cruze turned left to cross the northbound lanes of the highway and enter the Commons at Avalon Park apartment complex. According to the Sheriff's Office, a Chevrolet Suburban driving northbound, which had the right-of-way, collided with the Cruze, and the impact sent the Suburban onto the sidewalk, striking Franciosi.
The Sheriff's Office said Franciosi was "severely injured" in the crash, while Tigard resident Michelle McMillan, who had been driving the Cruze, received injuries characterized as non-life-threatening. Both were hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.
Investigators believe McMillan, 58, had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash, the Sheriff's Office said in its initial news release early Monday morning, July 31.
"We are investigating if alcohol was a factor," said Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "The investigation is ongoing."
Franciosi was listed in critical condition as of 11:20 a.m. Monday, Talbot confirmed.
The Suburban was driven by a Sherwood resident, 71-year-old William Blakeslee.
Highway 99W was temporarily closed after the 6:33 p.m. crash while law enforcement investigated.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the driver of the Chevrolet Cruze's surname, based on new information provided by a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and to correct the name of the hospital, as well as with a quote from the spokesman regarding the investigation and additional information on the pedestrian's injuries.
By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times