‘Person of interest’ in critical crash identified

Ana Wakefield, 20, critically hurt in the crash

The driver of the Explorer (left) ran off after slamming into this Toyota and critically injuring a 20-year-old woman from Damascus on Hwy 212, October 18, 2017 (OSP)
The driver of the Explorer (left) ran off after slamming into this Toyota and critically injuring a 20-year-old woman from Damascus on Hwy 212, October 18, 2017 (OSP)

DAMASCUS, Ore. (KOIN) — Police have identified a person of interest in the crash that left a 20-year-old woman critically injured.

The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 212, just west of Damascus, the Oregon State Police said. The driver of a 1999 Ford Explorer crossed the center line and slammed into a 2000 Toyota Camry — head-on. OSP Patrol Sgt. Yvette Shephard said they’re still investigating what the contributing factors are in the crash. Right now, that’s unknown.

Ana Wakefield, 20, is a junior at Multnomah University as seen on Oct. 19, 2017. (Courtesy of Multnomah University)

The Camry’s driver, Ana Wakefield, was critically hurt and rushed to OHSU for treatment. She remains in critical condition.

But the driver of the Explorer — described by witnesses as a white man in his 20s with a slim build and dark hair — took off on foot.

Oregon State Police identified a 20-year-old man as a person of interest Thursday morning. He’s currently at a hospital being treated for injuries — which police said are consistent with a car crash. Police found him through his girlfriend.

“[She] indicated that her boyfriend was involved in a crash and that he need ambulance services to his residence. So ambulances and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene,” Shephard said. “Once they got there, he actually fled again, was then apprehended by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.”

Wakefield is a junior at Multnomah University. The university released a statement Wednesday saying she’s an “involved member of the university community.”

She is a double major in business and Bible and plays guard on the women’s basketball team. Multnomah staff, faculty and students gathered together Wednesday morning to pray for her speedy recovery.”

The university also told KOIN 6 News that Wakefield was on her way to a morning practice when the accident occurred.

Brian Overcast with NOE International is close to the Wakefield family and said Thursday,

Ana is an interesting mix of someone who is tough on the basketball court and super kind and considerate off. Great 3-point shooter. Upbeat, easy to talk to. She made many friends down here at our community center in Mexico during her 3 visits.”

Ana’s father, Dave Wakefield, posted on his Facebook page that Ana is sedated after surgery and the extent of the damage to her brain is still unknown. A surgeon removed part of Ana’s skull to make room for swelling and she was able to “show purposeful movement upon exam,” so the family is hopeful.

Authorities are still looking for witnesses to the crash. If you have information about this incident, please call 503.375.3555. You can donate to support Ana here.

A 1999 Ford Explorer crossed the center line and slammed into a 2000 Toyota Camry, Oct. 19, 2017. (OSP)