Monday morning Astoria Police and Fire responded to the area of 422 Gateway,the Port of Astoria Office Building, for a one vehicle rollover crash. When police arrived they found a single vehicle on its side through the fence that separates the parking area for the Port building from the ODOT parking area. Several onlookers had assisted the driver with getting out of the vehicle. She was appearently not injured in the crash.
The driver was identified as 21-year-old Karen Salinas Ferreira of Longview. A check of Ferreira's driving status showed that she had an instruction permit only. No licensed driver had been in the car with her at the time of the crash.
Ferreria told police that she had taken her eyes off the road and looked at her cell phone. As she did that it appears she struck a speed sign that was set in a concrete base and the corner pole of the fence. The collision with the fence post caused the fence post to give way allowing the vehicle to drive up the post prior to its coming to rest on its side.
Investigation revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle, Chang Lee, Age 33 of Astoria, allowed Ferreria to drive the vehicle. Lee knew that she was an unlicensed driver. Lee was cited for Providing a Vehicle to an Unlicensed Driver. Ferreria was cited for No Operators License, Driving Uninsured, and Careless Driving.
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