Hockinson crash kills one; Driver, 20, arrested

Clark County

One person died in a crash in the 17200 block of Northeast 159th Street in Hockinson, July 12, 2021 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver was arrested after a two-car crash in Hockinson late Sunday night that left one person dead.

Just after 10 p.m., authorities responded to reports of a crash at the 17200 block of Northeast 159th Street. First responders arrived at the scene to find one involved driver, identified as 20-year-old Jaxon Jondahl, walking around at the scene, not appearing to have any serious injury. The second driver, however, was unresponsive while trapped inside his Toyota Camry — which was flipped upside down.

The driver, 35-year-old Nicholas Crown, was removed. Both he and Jondahl were ultimately sent to the hospital, but Crown later died from his injuries.

Investigators believe Crown had been making a right turn onto Northeast 159th Street from Northeast 172nd Avenue when Jondahl crashed his Chevrolet HHR into the Camry at significant speed. Both cars left the roadway and the Camry rolled due to the impact.

Jondahl was arrested at the hospital because of the severity of Crown’s injuries. He was booked into jail and now faces a charge of vehicular homicide.

Authorities say the cause of the collision appears to be excessive speed, along with impairment on Jondahl’s part.

The crash remains under investigation.

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