PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) said two women are facing charges after an apparent road rage incident injured several people on Interstate 205 south of Portland.
On Wednesday morning, Oregon State Police said a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 27-year-old Mary E. Cochran was northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 16 when it attempted to slow for a braking vehicle. Cochran lost control, veered from the center to left lane and collided with a 2002 Dodge Caravan occupied by eight people.
The Jeep then rolled off the left side of the freeway lanes and was stopped by a cable center barrier. Both vehicles came to rest on the left shoulder and left lane. The driver of the braking vehicle didn’t stop at the scene but was aware the crash occurred.
An ongoing investigation by OSP Trooper Scott Kinch indicates Cochran and another driver, later identified as 53-year-old Connie Jane Poff, was involved in a road rage-related incident traveling at a high rate of speed heading northbound. Just prior to the crash, Poff drove in front of Cochran’s vehicle and braked hard leading to Cochran losing control and colliding with the van.
The van’s male driver, 45-year-old Akinino Engichy, and six passengers were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with minor injuries. There is no information available regarding if they are still being treated at the hospital. Cochran was also transported by ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries and was treated and released.
On Friday morning, Trooper Kinch arrested Poff at her residence and lodged her in the Clackamas County Jail. She was charged with 8 counts of assault in the third degree; 8 counts of recklessly endangering another person; reckless driving; felony hit & run – injury traffic crash; and criminal mischief in the first degree. Later in the morning, Kinch contacted Cochran and cited her to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on the following charges: 7 counts of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, and criminal mischief in the second degree.