One dead, six injured after two crashes near Sherwood
Two crashes near Sherwood hours apart left a man dead and six people injured Saturday night, Sept. 10.
The first crash was a single-vehicle rollover crash in which the driver was fatally injured.
Deputies responded to the crash on Southwest Scholls-Sherwood Road near Stark Road in unincorporated Washington County at 7:20 p.m, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday, Sept. 11.
A witness reported seeing a BMW SUV speeding over 90 mph before driving into the oncoming lane of traffic and going into a ditch where the vehicle rolled over, officials said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver, James Lash II, 52, dead at the scene. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. There were no other reported injuries.
Hours later, a drunken driver crashed head-on into another vehicle just north of Sherwood, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded to the crash on Highway 99 north of Southwest Langer Farms Parkway at 9:45 p.m., officials said.
Witnesses reported seeing a Lexus 300 driving south in the northbound lanes before hitting a Hyundai Sonata.
All four people in the Hyundai were transported to a hospital, including some with serious injuries, officials said.
The driver of the Lexus and a passenger also were transported to a hospital following the crash.
Investigators determined the driver of the Lexus had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. Officials said criminal charges were pending for the driver, who was not identified.
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