Passenger critically injured in one of two Sunday crashes
Police responded to two crashes early Sunday, including one where a passenger was critically injured.
According to police, at 12:04 a.m. on Jan. 20, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash in the 3800 block of Southeast 92nd Avenue.
When officers and medical personnel arrived, learned that the driver left the scene on foot, but that there were two passengers in the vehicle. One, Cherie Marie Swanson, 34, was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.
The other passenger, Swanson's fiance, was treated at the scene.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation into the crash. Preliminary information indicates that the driver was traveling southbound on 92nd Avenue at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into several parked cars before coming to a stop.
Based on information learned during the investigation, Nicholas Woods, 29, has been identified as a person-of-interest in this investigation as the driver who fled the scene of the crash. Anyone with information about Woods' whereabouts is asked to contact the Portland Police's Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.
Then, at 2:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast Grand Avenue and Washington Street on the report that a driver in a red Porsche 911 crashed into a building and was attempting to run away from the scene.
Officers arrived in the area and, aided by information from witnesses, located and arrested the driver in the area. During the investigation, officers determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol.
Vasiliy Kutsar, 30, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (three counts), and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run).
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