Cornelius woman airlifted to hospital after crashing car while under the influence
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an injury crash in Cornelius Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, where an 18-year old woman reportedly crashed into several vehicles while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to WCSO spokesman Jeff Talbot.
Deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of South 12th Street and South Dogwood Street at 4:12 p.m., Talbot said. Community members had pulled an unconscious female, later identified as Natalie Saiz-Amezquita, from a Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to deputies arriving.
"When deputies arrived, the Jeep caught fire and deputies attempted to use fire extinguishers to control the flames," he said. "Cornelius Fire & Rescue, assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, responded to treat the driver and extinguish the flames."
Witnesses reported the Jeep was traveling southbound on South 12th Street when it struck a Toyota Camry at South Dogwood Street, Talbot said. That collision then caused the Jeep to spin and strike a parked Chevrolet Silverado and later catch fire.
Saiz-Amezquita was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a nearby Life Flight helicopter and airlifted to a Portland trauma hospital, Talbot said.
"During their investigation, deputies learned Ms. Saiz-Amezquita was impaired by alcohol," he said. "She was criminally cited at the hospital for driving under the influence and reckless driving."
After being released Thursday night, Saiz-Amezquita was transported to the Washington County Jail and booked on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving, according to Talbot.
The inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation. There were no other injuries reported.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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