Police: Portland woman arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash

Police: Portland woman arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash
Trisha Jo Homan

TILLAMOOK COUNTY, Ore. – State police arrested a Portland woman who they said caused a crash that killed one man and injured two other people on Highway 6 Sunday afternoon.

Trisha Jo Homan, 45, drove away from the scene, police said. She faces charges including criminally negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, assault in the third degree and reckless driving.

The crash occurred about two miles east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County just after 4 p.m.

According to investigators, Homan was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on the highway when she tried to pass a Chrysler Sebring in a no-passing zone. Witnesses told police the two drivers were engaging in "road rage" behavior.

A witness who was traveling westbound told police that Homan tried to move back into the eastbound lane to avoid a head-on crash with an oncoming vehicle, forcing the Chrysler off the road.

The Chrysler's driver, 56-year-old Russel John Falotico, lost control of his car and it slid into the westbound lane, where it crashed into a westbound Jeep Wrangler.

Falotico died at the scene, police said.

The two people in the Jeep, 36-year-old Shilo Walters and 43-year-old Richard Walters, were seriously injured. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Witnesses told police Homan drove away from the scene.

Beaverton police stopped Homan on Highway 26 about an hour after the crash. An OSP trooper arrested Homan and took her to the Tillamook County Jail.