Teen driver faces manslaughter in Hwy 6 crash


Passenger car crashed into a semi-truck stopped for road construction, deputies said

A passenger was killed after this car crashed into a semi-truck stopped for road construction on NW Wilson River Highway near Banks, July 24, 2019. (WCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A teenage driver faces manslaughter charges after her passenger died after the Ford Fiesta they were in slammed into the back end of a semi-truck that was stopped in construction near Banks.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Oregon State Police said, Talita Weltzien was driving east on Hwy 6 when it crashed into the truck. The Fiesta then moved into the oncoming lane of traffic and was hit by a Ford Explorer.

Her passenger, Elizabeth Shell of Hillsboro, died at the scene. She was 19.

The other drivers of the truck and the Explorer received only minor injuries.

Talita Weltzien, July 25, 2019 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Weltzien, 19, was treated at a Portland hospital for minor injuries and then taken to the Washington County Jail. She was booked for manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangering, reckless endangering of a highway worker and criminal mischief.

ODOT said Northwest Wilson River Highway was closed in both directions about 4 miles west of the intersection with US 26 for hours.

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