Two charged in Hwy 30 crash
Updated March 9
Four people were sent to the hospital after a two-car crash on Highway 30 Wednesday morning, March 4.
The head-on collision occurred near Rocky Point Road outside Scappoose.
Colleen DeShazer, of Scappoose, was driving eastbound in a black GMC SUV when she was hit by a gray Kia minivan. The westbound Kia had crossed the center lane and both eastbound lanes before crashing into the GMC.
DeShazer was transported to a hospital by LifeFlight. The driver of the Kia, Lisa Sam, and her two passengers were also transported to Legacy Emanuel hospital in Portland.
DeShazer's injuries included a broken pelvis, broken sternum, bruised heart, and fractured spine vertebrae, Paul DeShazer, Colleen's son, told the Spotlight.
Dash cam footage from a driver who narrowly avoided the Kia minivan was published by KATU news. The pickup truck with the rear-facing dash cam and one other car managed to swerve out of the way of the oncoming van. DeShazer's GMC behind them appears to try to veer out of the path of the Kia but is unable to avoid the high-speed crash.
"When I watch the dashcam it makes me shake with anger," Paul DeShazer said.
Sam was charged with a DUII and five other charges related to the crash. Both Sam and passenger Nicholas Aguilar may face charges for possession of meth.
When he learned of the charges against the driver, Paul DeShazer felt "bewildered and disheartened," he wrote in a letter on behalf of himself and his two siblings.
Driving under the influence of intoxicants "seems like a common occurrence these days," he wrote.
"It appears that society condones this behavior in many cases, feeling bad for the addicts. Enough!"
Paul DeShazer wrote that society needs to work harder to ensure that those who put their own lives at risk through drug use don't also put strangers at risk.
Scappoose Fire District responded to the collision. The highway was shut down in both directions for part of the morning.
"My mother is one of the most tenacious, strong and beautiful people I know," Paul DeShazer wrote. "She has been training for a marathon in Greece, and she still intends on competing. Now, that's her recovery goal. I have no doubt that she will achieve it."
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