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Cornelius man apprehended after hit and run wreck


Independence man transported to OHSU with minor injuries after collission on Highway 219 north of St. Paul

A Cornelius man has been jailed on allegations of a hit and run after a collision Tuesday morning on Highway 219 south of Newberg.Photo Credit: OREGON STATE POLICE - The 2007 Honda Accord of Fred Sauermann was heavily damaged after a collision with a 2013 Toyota van on Highway 219 south of Newberg early Tuesday morning.

According to a report from the Oregon State Police, a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Fred Sauermann, 40, of Independence, was traveling southbound on Highway 219 north of St. Paul at about 5:52 a.m. when a northbound 2013 Toyota van crossed the centerline and struck the car’s left side. The van, the report said, continued northbound without stopping.

An OSP trooper responded to the scene 16 minutes later and contacted Sauermann, who was injured and being treated by EMTs from the Newberg Fire Department. The trooper searched the area north of the crash scene and found the damaged van near the intersection of Highway 219 and Champoeg Road.

There, the trooper arrested Ramon Oros Barrera, 35, of Cornelius, and charged him with felony hit and run, reckless driving, fourth-degree assault, misdemeanor driving while suspended and failure install an ignition interlock device. Barrera was transported to the Marion County jail.

Sauermann was transported to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released, the OSP report said.