UPDATED: Vehicle crashes into Molalla River; Water Rescue Consortium joins multi-agency response

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: December 29-30, 2013

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UPDATE (Monday, December 30, 2013, 7 a.m.):

More information and updates on yesterday's crash:

• Driver: Giovanni Demartino, age 22, from Clackamas. At OHSU in critical condition.
• Passenger: Danie Fournier, age 23, from Oregon City. At OHSU in stable condition.

Several good Samaritans helped the victims immediately after the crash. Douglas Parkins -- age 25, of Sandy, Oregon -- helped pull the driver from the vehicle shortly after the crash with the help of Michael Holliday, 31, and Ricky Hendrickson, 34, both from Colton.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this crash. The case has been forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Assault.

The vehicle is a 1996 Dodge Stratus.

EARLIER (December 29, 2013, 6:11 a.m.)

Just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, Clackamas County received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash on the Molalla Forest Road, east of Molalla. A vehicle had gone off the roadway and landed upside-down in the river. Two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash occurred about 7 miles east of the intersection with Dickey Prairie Road.

Molalla Fire and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office personnel were first on scene. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium also responded.

The vehicle reportedly left the roadway and went off a 30-foot-cliff before hitting some rocks and then landing in the river. The vehicle was upside-down and almost completely submerged.

Crews arriving found two men on top of the vehicle in the water. One of the males was the driver who was pulled from the water by a male who was not involved in the crash.

The female passenger in the vehicle was able to get out and swam to shore on the other side of the river. Two passersby waded across and provided her aid until rescue crews arrived.

After reaching the injured parties, rescue crews had to use a rapid deployment craft raft to bring them to shore. Then they had to be brought up a steep cliff by rope teams.

Molalla Fire, Colton Fire, Gladstone Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Marine Patrol all responded to the crash.

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. Their names are not being released at this time (December 29, 2013, 6:11 a.m.), pending family notification.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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