PORTLAND, Ore. — The Washington County Sheriff's Office has arrested the driver accused of hitting a 72-year-old woman and then fleeing the scene outside of a hospital on Thursday evening
Deputies received a call around 7:22 p.m. on Thursday that a pedestrian had been struck on Southwest Barnes Road near Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. When they arrived at the scene, they found the woman, Diana Petty, in critical condition.
The sheriff's office said Petty had been leaving the hospital after visiting her husband. She was walking across the street when a driver heading eastbound on Barnes came through the red light, struck her, then drove away.
On Friday afternoon, detectives arrested a 34-year-old man in Beaverton, identified as Tyler W. Fetterhoff, and charged him with assault in the second degree, felony failure to perform the duties of a driver and reckless driving.
Detectives said a driver who was behind the suspect at the time of the crash happened to have a dash cam in the vehicle, which allowed investigators to get a vehicle description and a license plate. Fetterhoff was driving a 2015 Subaru Legacy when he ran the red light and struck Petty, according to the sheriff's office.
Petty was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center because St. Vincent is not a trauma center, the sheriff's office said, though nurses from the nearby hospital were able to render immediate aid after the crash. A nurse from Providence St. Vincent was able to administer aid to stop Petty's rapid loss of blood.
Detectives said on Friday that she remains in critical condition.
St. Vincent said in a brief statement that the crash and investigation did not impede access to the hospital, which remained open and accessible. Hospital administrators were in touch with investigators.