Woman Hits 5-year-old with Truck, Buries self in Dirt to hide from Police

Date: April 24, 2015

Location: Washougal, WA

Name: Marsha Perry

Woman Hits 5-year-old with Truck, Buries self in Dirt to hide from Police

Friday evening a woman was driving a truck when she hit a 5-year-old riding a big wheel.

Marsha Perry, 36, of Washougal, was driving a white 1994 Ford F-150 pickup on N 22nd Street when the child pedaled out from a driveway and they collided.

The boy was taken to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and is expected to be okay.

Perry attempted to drive away from the scene, then left her truck and walked toward Washougal River Road.

A police and K-9 partner were looking for Perry in a field south of the 1800 block of Woodburn Road.  Perry had buried herself in the a shallow hole and covered herself with dirt.  The officer and K-9 were within 5 feet of her but did not notice until Perry surrendered when a second K-9 warning was given.

Perry was taken into custody for felony hit and run, driving with a suspended license and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

We wish the child a full and speedy recovery, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on April 27, 2015, in Hit and Run, Injuries to Children and Minors, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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