BOARDMAN - Three people were injured Sunday morning, one seriously, in a rollover accident on Interstate 84 near Boardman that the Oregon State Police say appears to have been caused by road rage.
The 2002 Saturn sport utility vehicle that rolled was westbound on I-84 about 13 miles west of Boardman in the left lane when another vehicle began tailgating the car.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver of the Saturn, Sandra Elaine Sturdevant, 36, of Vancouver, Wash., tapped her brakes in an apparent effort to signal the following car that it was too close. The other vehicle, described as a late model, possibly gray in color, Subaru Legacy station wagon, moved along the right side of the Saturn SUV, partially in the left westbound lane. The driver of the Subaru was seen yelling at the occupants of the Saturn. The Subaru then sped up, pulled in front of the Saturn and braked, witnesses said.
Sturdevant moved to the left to avoid the braking station wagon and lost control of her vehicle, which veered across both westbound lanes and flipped, rolling over numerous times and coming to rest on its top, police reported. It did not collide with the Subaru, which did not stop after the accident, but instead sped up and left the area.
Witnesses were not able to provide license plate information for the Subaru station wagon.
All three occupants of the Saturn SUV were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston by Boardman Ambulance. Sturdevant was using safety restraints and was reported to have non-life threatening injuries, but remains under observation at the hospital. The right front passenger was identified as Mary Ann Warner, 40, of Vancouver. She was using seat belts and was treated at Good Shepherd and released.
A third passenger, Jennifer Lynn Truver, 35, of Portland, is believed to have not been wearing a seat belt while in the back seat. She was ejected from the vehicle. After being transported to Good Shepherd, Truver was taken by LifeFlight to a Portland hospital.
The driver of the Subaru is described as a white male, early to mid 30s, with brown hair, clean shaven with a "lean" face, and wearing a cowboy hat.
The passenger of the Subaru is described as a white female, early to mid 30s, with short brown hair.
As of this morning, Sgt. Gregg Hastings of OSP said no suspects have been caught. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Communications Center at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Mark Mitchell at (541) 454-2084.