PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 57-year-old Vancouver man faces a vehicular homicide charge after a mid-morning crash in Woodland left his passenger dead.
Eugene A. Jorgensen was tracked down by a Clark County K9 after fleeing the scene of the crash in the 42200 block of NW Hayes Road, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators said Jorgensen was driving a Nissan Pathfinder that went off the road, rolled several times and sheared a utility pole before stopping. His passenger, Tylor A. Krout, died on the ground at the scene. Krout was 30.
Jorgensen managed to walk away from the crash and was picked up by a passerby. Deputies knew who they were looking for and went to Jorgensen’s home in the Orchards area, but he fled from there before deputies arrived.
A witness told authorities that they had spotted Jorgensen hitchhiking along Hayes Road, just west of the crash site. That witness saw the suspect get picked up by a Ford pickup towing a fishing boat, said the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Jorgensen was later tracked by a CCSO K9, Apollo, and he was taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his crash injuries and for a dog bite.
He’s now in the Clark County Jail facing both vehicular homicide and hit-and-run. They think speed and impairment both played roles in the crash.
Investigators want to talk to the driver and any passengers in the Ford that picked up Jorgensen. Authorities believe that they did not know the hitchhiker was a suspect in a crime at the time he was given a ride.
Anyone with information on this case should call Detective Chris Skidmore at 564.397.5482 Option 2.Remember to follow KOIN 6 News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download our free news and weather apps for the latest headlines and forecast information.