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Cornelius man arrested following crash near Champoeg


Ramon Oros-Barrera faces felony hit-and-run charges in Tuesday crash

Photo Credit: OREGON STATE POLICE - This Honda driven by an Independence man was driven into the guardrail by a hit-and-run crash Tuesday morning on Highway 219. A Cornelius man was arrested in connection with the incident.A Cornelius man with a suspended license faces multiple criminal charges in the wake of an alleged hit and run traffic crash Tuesday morning not far from the Champoeg State Heritage Area.

According to Oregon State Police, Ramon Oros-Barrera, 35, of Cornelius was arrested following an injury crash just before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning on Highway 219 south of Newberg. The suspect driver was reportedly found by a state trooper in his crashed vehicle east of Highway 219 on Champoeg Road Northeast.

Photo Credit: MARION COUNTY JAIL - OROS-BARRERAAccording to a preliminary investigation, a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Fred Sauermann, 40, of Independence, was traveling south on Highway 219 near milepost 24 when a northbound 2013 Toyota van driven by Barrera crossed the centerline and struck the Honda's left side. The van continued northbound without stopping.

An OSP trooper arrived on scene at approximately 6:08 a.m. The trooper assisted Sauermann, who was injured, as Newberg-area fire and medical personnel also arrived. The trooper checked the area north of the crash scene and found the suspect vehicle just minutes later about a half mile away where it had stopped east of Highway 219 on Champoeg Road Northeast

Oros-Barrera was contacted and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged in the Marion County Jail on $20,000 bail, where he faces charges of felony hit and run, reckless driving, fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor driving while suspended.

He was also cited for failure to install an ignition interlock device that was required under terms of an earlier conviction for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Oros-Barrera is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Marion County Circuit Court Aug. 20.

Sauermann was transported to Oregon Health and Science University, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.