PORTLAND -- Two survivors of a crash that killed a man and left a Portland woman behind bars for criminally negligent homicide spoke from their hospital beds Tuesday, urging people to slow down and show compassion for others.
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.
She took somebody's life because she was in a hurry and I think people just need to stop and be happy in the moment you're in and stop being in such a hurry all the time, said Shilo Walters.
Walters was driving the Jeep and suffered serious injuries, along with her husband, Richard Walters. The Newberg couple spoke from their hospital beds Tuesday, hoping others could learn something from this tragedy.
I just wish more people would just be kinder to each other, Shilo said. This poor man that lost his life did nothing to deserve this.
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.
KGW went to her house Tuesday, for comment, but no one came to the door.
KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.