A two-car collision on Highway 395 early Sunday left one passenger dead, and a shooting killed a Boardman teen Saturday.
Fatal accident kills one
Oregon State Police continue to investigate a two-vehicle fatal crash on Highway 395 just north of Hermiston, about a mile and a half south of Highway 730. An unidentified passenger in one vehicle died, and that vehicle's driver, who has not been identified or located, left the scene on foot. Five other occupants were injured and taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center.
The initial investigation indicates a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer with three occupants was northbound on Highway 395. At about 10:43 p.m., the Blazer's unidentified driver lost control and crossed over into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe with four occupants.
The Blazer's driver, described as a Hispanic male, and an injured passenger left the scene before emergency responders arrived and found an unidentified Hispanic adult male passenger deceased inside the vehicle. The injured passenger identified as Nolberto Gonzalez Nernal, from Umatilla, age not available was located later at Good Shepherd with non-life threatening injuries.
The four occupants in the Chevrolet Tahoe, two adults and two children, were injured and transported to Good Shepherd. They are: driver, Lidia Tejeda, 39; passengers Jose Tejeda, 41, Alejandra Tejeda, 13, and Nayeh Tejeda, 3. Alejandra Tejeda had serious injuries, and the others received minor injuries.
OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information to help identify the driver who fled the scene is asked to call the OSP Pendleton Area Command office at (541) 278-4090 ext. 0.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Police Department, Umatilla and Hermiston fire departments, and ODOT.
Boardman teen killed in shooting
Authorities are seeking the public's help to identify the killer of a teenager in Boardman. At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Ariel Velasco, 16, of Boardman, was found shot on Anderson Road. An ambulance took him to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he died.
In a news release, Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said investigators believe several people witnessed the incident and believe it could have been gang related. Investigators have no suspects and continue to investigate, according to the release.
Boardman Police Department is leading the investigation with help from the Morrow/Umatilla County Major Crimes Team.
Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call the Boardman Police Department at 541-481-6071.