Police: Person of interest in Damascus hit-and-run found in hospital

Police are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on collision that closed Highway 212 on Oct. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

DAMASCUS, Ore. – State troopers have found a person of interest in a hit-and-run crash in Damascus Wednesday morning that left a woman in the hospital with critical injuries, Oregon State Police said.

Initial reports say that a driver took off running after he crashed a Ford Explorer head-on into a Toyota Camry near SE Wyeast Avenue at about 5:30 a.m.

The Camry’s driver, 20-year-old Ana Wakefield, was critically injured and taken to OHSU.

Responding troopers and a Washington County Sheriff's Office K-9 team searched the area, but law enforcement wasn’t able to find the suspect.

Based on the Ford Explorer, law enforcement identified a 20-year-old from Saint Helens, Ore. as a person of interest in the crash.

He is currently being treated in the hospital for “injuries consistent with an automobile crash,” state police said.

Officials said they are withholding his identity to preserve the integrity of their case.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, call police.

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