Woman convicted on felony charge following fatal Hillsboro crash
A woman who drove a commercial dump truck through a red light at a downtown Hillsboro intersection resulting in a fatal crash nearly two years ago has been convicted of a felony charge following the incident.
Jurors convicted Patricia Marie Deangelis, 48, of criminally negligent homicide Friday, Oct. 8, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said in a statement Tuesday.
On Nov. 25, 2019, Deangelis was driving a commercial dump truck when she ran a red light at the intersection of Southeast Baseline Street and South First Avenue, officials said.
She then collided with another vehicle, killing Marilynn A. Wolfe, police said at the time.
Wolfe's brother, who was driving the vehicle as it was struck, was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the crash, police said.
The incident resulted in the closure of multiple streets in the area for several hours as fire and medical personnel responded to the scene.
Investigators with the Hillsboro Police Department and Washington County's Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team also responded.
"Using video depicting the crash and other investigative methods, they determined the traffic signal at the intersection in question was red in the direction of travel for Ms. Deangelis for more than seven seconds prior to the collision," officials said.
Deangelis told investigators that she had swerved to avoid a separate collision prior to the crash and was distracted as a result, officials said.
She had previously been convicted of driving with drugs or a metabolite in her system stemming from a case in Arizona in 2007, officials said.
Deangelis did not have drugs in her system during the November 2019 fatal crash, said Stephen Mayer, spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office, but added that prior convictions will be taken into account by the judge during sentencing.
A sentencing hearing for Deangelis has been scheduled for Dec. 6.
She could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 for the conviction, according to Oregon sentencing laws.
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