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Seven hospitalized in related crashes

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Nathan William WisbeckSeven people were hospitalized as the result of two related traffic accidents in Southeast Portland, including one that resulted in a vehicle crashing into a building.

One person, Stephen Alan Person, 28, was hospitalized with critical injuries.

The driver who allegedly caused both accidents, Nathan William Wisbeck, 26, was arrested and charged with Assault in the Second Degree, Felony DUII, Hit and Run, and Reckless Driving. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

According to police, at 2:19 a.m. on May 26, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash at Southeast 20th Avenue and Madison Street.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived to find one car crashed into a building and two more vehicles possibly involved.

Investigators learned that just prior to the crash, a dark blue 1996 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Wisbeck ran into a white 1998 Toyota Corolla sedan driven by Sapearya Sao, 25. That crash occurred at Southeast 12th Avenue and Morrison Street. Wisbeck fled the scene in his vehicle.

A passenger is Sao's car called 9-1-1 as they followed Wisbeck for several blocks.

Wisbeck was eastbound on Madison Street when he drove through a stop sign at 20th Avenue and with the passenger side of a silver 2002 Ford Windstar minivan, causing the van to roll onto the driver's side and crash into a building on the southeast corner of the intersection. It was driven by Sarah Grace Anderson, 28.

Fire personnel were able to get Anderson and her passenger, Person, out of the vehicle and transported to a Portland hospital. Anderson's injuries were traumatic but not life-threatening. She was given a citation for DUII.

The passenger remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. His name is not being released until family can be located and notified.

Wisbeck was transported to a Portland hospital where he was treated and released, then arrested on several charges related to the crash.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation into the crash.

The intersection of Southeast 20th Avenue and Madison Street was closed for several hours as investigators processed the crash scene.