One dead, another hurt as SUV crashes through bus shelter along Hwy 101

by KATU News Sunday, October 1st 2017

SEASIDE, Ore. – A pedestrian died and another was critically injured Saturday night when a driver lost control of her car and crashed through a bus shelter along Highway 101 in Seaside, Oregon State Police said.

Police said the driver was walking away from the scene when troopers arrived, but witnesses helped them identify and detain her. She could face criminal charges in the crash.

Seaside Police was called out to a home for a disturbance just before the crash, and responding officers said a silver Dodge Durango sped past them. They tried to stop the driver but quickly lost sight of the vehicle.

At about 9:15 p.m., the woman driving the Durango lost control of the wheel, went onto the sidewalk, crashed through a bus shelter, jumped a second sidewalk, and struck a lamppost before stopping.

Emergency responders pronounced one pedestrian dead at the scene. The second pedestrian was taken to an Astoria hospital with critical injuries before being transferred to a Portland-area hospital.

The driver was treated for some minor injuries.

Investigators are working with the District Attorney’s Office on whether the driver should face charges for the crash.

Police are withholding the names of those involved in the crash until family members have been notified of the deaths.