Oregon State Police say they are actually not sure who was driving the Honda Passport involved in a serious injury accident Friday night on Highway 30 about eight miles east of Astoria. Lieutenant Andrew Merila told KAST News Tuesday that the suspect identified in the official report as 41 year-old Justine L. McGee of Chinook, Washington is not the only suspect. KAST news learned that the McGee had been driving the vehicle for several weeks before the accident happened. Merila confirmed that she is not the registered owner but had been using the vehicle. Merila said that the inconsistancy between the OSP news release, which did not name the suspect, and the official public record specifically referring to only McGee was a mistake . He said the official report should not have been released and he was unaware that had been done. He said OSP has many suspects in the hit and run. There was concern about the whereabouts of McGees nine-year-old son. Merila says OSP located the boy on Saturday and spoke with him at that time. Merila says the boy is fine. Meanwhile he urges witnesses to the accident to step formward as the investigation continues. call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
According to Lieutenant Andrew Merila, preliminary information indicates on February 28, 2014 at approximately 9:20 p.m., a 2002 Dodge Neon with three occupants was traveling on Highway 30 near milepost 88 when a gray 1996 Honda Passport sport utility vehicle with Oregon license plates crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the Dodge Neon.
The driver of the Honda Passport, which has a fox decal on the rear window, fled the scene on foot. Investigating OSP troopers think that based upon crash damage the driver may have been injured. Information also indicates traffic was heavy at the time of the crash and witnesses may have not spoken to investigating troopers or may have picked up the driver and were unaware of the person's direct involvement in the crash. The official incident report lists the hit and run suspect as 41-year-old Justine L. McGee. McGee's husband, Christopher Ian Chase McGee, was arrested recently on charges of selling heroin in the Astoria Safeway parking lot.
The Dodge's driver, ABRAHAM P. KORPOH, age 21, residence not available, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with critical injuries. The Dodge's two female passengers were transported by Medix ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. They are identified as OLIVIA TOKSTAD, age 21, from Dundee, and KAMAH P. HARTWELL, age 22, from SE Portland.
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