Portlander arrested in fatal ‘road rage’ hit and run

Portland woman Trisha Homan, 45, was arrested July 28, 2014 for her alleged role in a fatal hit and run. (OSP)
Portland woman Trisha Homan, 45, was arrested July 28, 2014 for her alleged role in a fatal hit and run. (OSP)

LEES CAMP, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Portland woman was arrested following a Highway 6 accident that killed one man and hurt two others Sunday afternoon, Oregon State Police have confirmed.

Trisha Homan, 45, was driving eastbound near Lees Camp when she attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone, according to witness testimony. Homan’s 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe was then jerked back into the eastbound lane to avoid a near-collision, OSP officials said Monday morning. The car Homan allegedly cut off, a 2001 Chrysler Sebring, swerved out of control and collided with an oncoming vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Wrangler.

Homan kept driving, according to witnesses. The driver of the Sebring, 56-year-old Russel John Falotico, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Jeep driver, Shilo Marie Walter, was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, Richard R. Walters, sustained more serious injuries and was transported via LifeFlight.

Following the crash, investigators learned Homan and Falotico were involved in “road rage” behavior. Just after 5 p.m. — an hour after the collision — Beaverton police officers stopped Homan’s Santa Fe on Highway 26 near Cedar Hills Boulevard.

Homan, booked into Tillamook County Jail, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, third-degree assault, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and felony hit and run. According to jail staff, Homan posted bail and was released until a later court date.

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