PORTLAND -- A Portland woman was arrested for allegedly causing a deadly hit-and-run in Tillamook County Sunday.
Investigators have blamed Trisha Jo Homan, 45, for the deadly crash, even though her vehicle was not hit. They said she tried to pass a Chrysler Sebring in a no-passing zone on Highway 6 and that forced the other driver to lose control.
The Chrysler Sebring collided head-on with an oncoming Jeep Wrangler, police said. The impact of the crash killed Russel Falotico, 56, of Beaverton, who had been driving the Chrysler.
Two people in the Jeep were also hurt. They were identified Monday as Richard Walters, 43, and Shilo Walters, 36, both of Newberg.
Witnesses told investigators that before the crash, Homan and Falotico were involved in road rage behavior. according to an Oregon State Police spokesperson.
Homan did not stop at the crash scene, according to investigators. Officers pulled her over later in the day, in Washington County, after witnesses described her to police.
She was arrested on several charges, including criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, assault and felony hit-and-run.