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Young woman injured in highway crash

A four-car crash in Sherwood, Oregon, has led to the arrest of a Portland man and the personal injury of a woman. According to a local news report, the man was arrested on charges of reckless driving.

Reportedly, the 31-year-old man was driving an Audi A4 on Oregon 99W while speeding and weaving through traffic for several miles. Authorities say when he came to the intersection of Southwest Sunset Boulevard, he either failed to notice a red light or was going too fast to slow down in time. According to police, he crashed into a car driven by a 19-year-old woman who was stopped at the light. The woman is from Newberg, just southwest of Portland. At the time of the crash, officials say the man was traveling more than 50 mph. The impact of the collision caused a chain reaction that damaged two other cars.

The 19-year-old driver and the Portland man were taken to Providence Newberg Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The other drivers involved in the incident where unhurt. After the Portland man was released from the hospital, he was taken into custody. He now faces charges of assault, reckless driving and criminal mischief, police say.

Information regarding the current condition of the 19-year-old was not available. While police deal with the criminal aspect of this case, the injured woman may be entitled to seek compensation in civil court. She may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: Oregon Live, "Portland man arrested for reckless driving after four-car crash on Oregon 99W in Sherwood," Kate Mather, Oct. 26, 2011

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