Jail releases woman who 'assaulted' Gladstone crash witness
Police announced on Nov. 17 that just before midnight on Nov. 11, Alysha Esser turned herself in at the Clackamas County Jail, where she was booked on a felony warrant for tampering with a witness of a deadly hit-and-run crash.
Although she told police she was a meth user who did not want treatment, Esser was released from jail the next day. She did not have to post bail and is expected to attend a county court hearing in December. She was ordered not to contact the crash witness.
Esser and her boyfriend, Kevin Charles Derrick, 30, of Milwaukie allegedly "confronted" and "physically assaulted and injured" a hit-and-run witness after Derrick was released from Clackamas County Jail, police said Nov. 11.
Clackamas County deputies had originally arrested Derrick for allegedly killing Gladstone resident Robert Eugene Keys, 59, in a Sept. 19 hit-and-run crash.
Since the hit-and-run, Derrick was released from jail on bail and then re-arrested Oct. 8 on charges of tampering with a witness. Police believe the Oct. 4 assault was intended to deter the witness from testifying against Derrick, who as of Nov. 17 remained in jail and whose bail was set at $1 million.
On Sept. 24, police arrested Derrick at the Rodeway Inn at the Airport, 9723 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, after Derrick's suspect vehicle, a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, was found parked at the location. Derrick was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and booked on charges including failing to perform the duties of a driver and criminally negligent homicide.
At approximately 7:34 p.m. on Sept. 19, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle whose driver did not stop to check on Keys and was last seen driving westbound on Southeast King Road near Milwaukie. The first deputy who arrived on scene located Keys not breathing and without a pulse. The deputy immediately began CPR until personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1 arrived to take over care. Despite medical efforts, Keys remained dead at the scene.
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