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Driver sought after hit-and-run

Crash in Wheeler leads to hospitalization

Published on August 31, 2017 10:27AM

Damage to a truck after a hit-and-run accident near Wheeler on Wednesday.

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Damage to a truck after a hit-and-run accident near Wheeler on Wednesday.

The driver of a pickup truck is sought in connection with this accident on Highway 101.

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The driver of a pickup truck is sought in connection with this accident on Highway 101.


WHEELER — A driver is sought in a crash that left a truck driver hospitalized.

On Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m., Oregon State Police and Tillamook County sheriff’s deputies responded to a hit-and-run motor injury vehicle collision on Highway 101 between Wheeler and Rockaway Beach.

Preliminary investigation indicates a green southbound 2015, Kenworth semi-truck, pulling two trailers loaded with lumber and driven by Patrick Steinauer, 65, of Cougar, Washington, was coming out of a curve on 101. The suspect vehicle was northbound passing in a no-passing zone in the southbound lane. In an attempt to avoid the collision, Steinauer, drove off the road, over railroad tracks and into trees. The suspect vehicle continued northbound and did not stop.

The suspect vehicle was described as a late 1970s, lifted, white or cream-colored, Chevy pickup truck, driven by a young male with dark hair.

Steinauer was transported by air to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or suspect vehicle prior to or after the crash, anyone in the area, who had camera’s facing the highway or dash cameras, to contact the Oregon State Police-Tillamook Worksite at 503-842-2899.



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