Crash-prone home wants guardrail in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A suspected drunk driver who ran his vehicle into a yard in Hillsboro on Thursday was the fifth or sixth person to do so, according to the homeowners.

Hunter Tintera, 27, was arrested Thursday night after he failed to negotiate a curve on SW Hillsboro Highway, and came within feet of James and Susan Attaway’s house.

Tintera, attempting to flee the scene– where he had substantially damaged the fence and yard — so James Attaway fired his gun into the ground until Tintera stopped. Police charged Tintera with DUII and criminal mischief.

Susan Attaway points to the area where at least five cars crashed into their yard in Hillsboro, Aug. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Susan Attaway points to the area where at least five cars crashed into their yard in Hillsboro, Aug. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Susan Attaway said Thursday’s accident was the fifth or sixth time a vehicle has crashed into her yard since she and her husband have lived in their Hillsboro home.

The Attaways both said something needs to change along the stretch of Highway 219.

“We talked to the state. They’ve reduced the speed limit here. They also put up yellow and red reflectors to let people know there’s a corner, but they won’t put up a guardrail,” said Susan Attaway.

Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation explained that projects the department focuses on must be evaluated based on certain criteria before any action is even considered.

“Well, we want to know what’s going on out there, but we have to evaluate all projects based on the severity to the public, the danger to the public,” said Hamilton. “But getting on the list of projects in this age of reduced funding can be a long time. It depends on the severity of the project.”

According to crash statistics, 16 crashes that resulted in 12 injuries over the past 10 years have occurred on the stretch of road that one resident referred to as the road from hell. “

This is a 55 mph highway, but the corner is 35 mph, and people drive extremely fast on this road,” said Susan Attaway.

Meanwhile, James Attaway may face charges for firing his gun Thursday night, according to a spokesperson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The case has been handed over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office to determine just that.

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