Suspect arrested in Sherwood crash
A man and three children were hospitalized after their car was hit by a truck near Sherwood late Saturday.
The truck then crashed into a ditch. The driver and the passenger fled in another vehicle.
On Monday, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Manuel Naim Lujan-Rivera, 21, of St. Paul, on charges related to the crash.
Lujan-Rivera was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of assault in the third degree. three counts of assault in the fourth degree, felony failure to perform the duties of a driver, driving while suspended. He is being held on $10,000 bail.
The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately released. Their injuries were described as non-life threatening.
According to the sheriff's office, at 9:36 p.m. on July 20, sheriff's deputies responded to a hit and run crash on Highway 99 near Southwest Chapman Road just south of Sherwood. Deputies arrived to find a 2003 Mazda 3 on its side with a man and three children still inside. About two miles down the road, deputies found a 1993 Ford Ranger in the ditch with no one around.
Deputies learned the Ford was waiting to turn from a crossover in the middle of Highway 99 and pulled out in front of the Mazda, which was driving south. The Ford hit the Mazda, which forced it off the road where it rolled over.
All four people in the Mazda were taken to an area hospital for treatment, but none of their injuries were life-threatening.
The man driving the Ford crashed into the ditch two miles away. Witnesses said the driver and his passenger were almost immediately picked up by another vehicle that fled the scene. Deputies are investigating DUII as a factor for the crash.
The inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to help with the investigation. Deputies are asking anyone with information about the people who were in the Ford to call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.
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