Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 8th, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Police arrested a 26-year old man this morning on charges related to the fatal hit-and-run crash on Highway 211 west of Molalla that occurred on March 22nd.
Jacob Croall turned himself in and was arrested at the office of his attorney in east Portland at 10:00 am this morning and he has been transported to the Clackamas County Jail. According to a statement by the Oregon State Police Croall has been charged with; Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver To Injured Persons (a Class B felony), and Tampering with Evidence (a Class A misdemeanor).
The OSP investigation found that Croall purchased parts at an auto wrecking yard to repair damage sustained by his van during the collision. Croall was also driving with a suspended license when the crash occurred (no word on why his license was suspended).
67-year old Thomas Mossman died in the hospital a week after the crash. Over 400 people turned out on Tuesday for a memorial service to remember him.
I asked OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings why more serious charges weren't filed against Croall. Hastings reminded me that this is an ongoing investigation and further charges could be forthcoming. He also noted that this crash had no witnesses.