On Wednesday, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office announced the sentencing of the man responsible for a hit-and-run that left a 72-year-old lady severely injured. The district attorney’s office said that 35-year-old Tyler William Fetterhoff pled guilty to the felonies of second-degree assault and failure to execute the responsibilities of a driver.
On the evening of July 7, 2022, officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of a pedestrian accident on Southwest Barnes Road, not far from the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Beaverton. Diana Petty was in critical condition when the deputies arrived. A motorist blew a red signal, struck Petty as she crossed the street after seeing her husband in the hospital, and then drove off. Check the tweet below:-
Beaverton hit-and-run driver who caused 72-year-old to lose leg sentenced to prison https://t.co/tdreaPwqS0
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) June 9, 2023
According to the investigation, Fetterhoff was trying to pass another car when he crashed into another car because he was going too fast through the junction. Petty was launched into the air and her things were strewn over the road as a result of the impact.
Petty was initially helped by a nurse at St. Vincent, but because that facility is not a trauma center, she had to be transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Petty’s lower right leg had to be amputated as a result of her injuries, and she was left with lasting damage. She showed up to the hearing with an artificial leg.
Detectives were able to positively identify Fetterhoff because of critical evidence obtained from dash cam footage shot by a witness traveling in close proximity to the suspect’s car. After abandoning his wrecked car at a friend’s house in Beaverton and using a ride-sharing service back home the next day, police located and arrested him. The next day, after hearing about the hit-and-run incident in the news, the acquaintance reported the car to the authorities. Fetterhoff’s involvement in the event was further substantiated by phone records, DNA testing, and eyewitness accounts.
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Another major accident in 2011 led to Fetterhoff’s conviction for aggravated assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. The obligatory minimum term he faced under Measure 11 was 70 months because of his past conviction. At the most recent hearing, however, the court added 20 more months to the sentence, bringing the total time spent behind bars to 90 months without any possibility of early release.
The punishment serves as a reminder of the long-term effects of a person’s decision to flee the scene of an accident on innocent bystanders.