Charges likely for driver who hit teens in Wilsonville

Charges likely for driver who hit teens in Wilsonville

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – A full investigation is underway into what happened when a 19-year-old driver hit two teenage girls on Wednesday as they walked on the sidewalk.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, investigators have not ruled out that the driver, Tyler Joos, may have been impaired. He could soon face charges.
 
Deputies are currently working to get a search warrant for Joos' vehicle, which could come in the next day or so. And while charges will likely be filed, they don't know when.

One of the girls hit by the SUV was upgraded to serious condition Thursday but the other remained in critical condition.

The sheriff's office says the investigation is complex and it is moving carefully. It also says that forensics investigators are involved as well as crime lab technicians and the accident reconstruction team.

The two 13-year-old girls were walking near the intersection of Wilsonville Road and Memorial Drive around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when the car came up on the sidewalk, hit them and then dragged one into the intersection.

They were taken to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Zoya Kuzmin, 16, was at the scene Wednesday and the accident scared her.

"I was really shaken when I drove up, because a lot of my friends drive on these streets and walk on these streets," she said. "So it's just kind of weird and kinda scary to know that somebody can get hit just like that."

Pauline Kummerman stopped by the scene on Wednesday. She knows some of the families involved in the accident.

"I just am hoping and praying for all the families involved that everything turns out OK," she said.

Joos stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.