Driver in Aloha school crash had prior DUI charge

The Aloha crash happened on September 30

The crash took place on September 30. October 4, 2016, (KOIN)
The crash took place on September 30. October 4, 2016, (KOIN)

ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — The driver in last week’s Aloha crash had his license medically suspended in 2001, and that is just one of his prior issues on the road.

The Aloha crash happened on September 30.

Jeffrey Leitz, 58, was also involved in a deadly head-on crash in 2001. He was driving on Highway 30 near Clatskanie when he crossed the center line and slammed into another vehicle.

The driver of that car later died at a nearby hospital.

Shortly after the fatal crash, Leitz’s license was medically suspended.

Just recently, he was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and possession of methamphetamine.

As for the crash near Aloha High School on Friday, it’s unknown what may have caused it.

Initial reports said someone had cut Leitz off, forcing him to drive on the sidewalk and hit four people.

But some witnesses said Leitz appeared distracted as he drove.

There are still alot of unknowns, but this case has been forwarded to the Washington County District Attorney’s office for charging consideration.

“We’re still getting our evidence, and we are conducting interviews. We are trying to make the case as complete as possible, but from where it goes from here is yet to be seen,” said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The four people who were hit are all expected to be okay.