Man dies a week after hit-and-run on I-5 north of Aurora
Ronald Ernest Davis, 57, of Powell Butte, has died in an area hospital as a result of injuries from a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 north of Aurora in the early hours of June 6.
Colin Michael Cook, 27, of Beaverton, was arrested on June 6 and charged with failure to perform duties of a driver/injury, second-degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangering. It is unclear if more charges will be added.
The other construction worker involved, Antonio Manuel Bahena, 20, of Troutdale, was also taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The incident occurred around 3:15 a.m. June 6, when Knife River construction workers were clearing the roadway at milepost 280, north of the Aurora/Donald exit.
A white box truck, reportedly driven by Cook, collided with the construction vehicle, injuring the two workers. The truck kept going, but was later located by Oregon State Police troopers.
"This is a terrible situation that did not have to happen," said Knife River President Brian Gray, in a statement released last week. "Our team members were working in the closed lane, on the other side of traffic barrels when their vehicle was hit. We ask two things: Please keep our injured team members and their families in your thoughts, and please pay extra attention and slow down in work zones so something like this never happens again."
The crash caused two of the three lanes of the highway to shut down, severely impeding traffic for hours.
As emergency workers worked the scene, a black Jeep SUV was reported to be recklessly driving toward the crash scene, passing stopped traffic on the shoulders. The vehicle stopped at the crash scene and troopers took the driver into custody for several charges, including reckless driving.
Cook remains lodged in Marion County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. He has a plea hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 23.
Any witnesses that were in the area or have any information about this incident are asked to call OSP dispatch at 503-375-3555.