Seaside Police responded to a report of a pedestrian having been struck by a vehicle at 8:16 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the area of 12th and N. Holladay. After further investigation, it was determined that Erick Yetzael Mendez Lopez, 22, had been driving northbound on N. Holladay and struck a stopped vehicle, causing significant damage.
According to police, Mendez Lopez continued northbound and then struck Justin Powell, who was walking across the street through the intersection. Mendez Lopez continued further north on N. Holladay, fleeing the scene of the car and pedestrian crash, having failed to render aid to Powell and exchange information, required at the scene of a crash.
Seaside officers arrived moments after the reported crash was dispatched, and with help from several witnesses, officers were able to locate Mendez Lopez walking on 15th avenue between Holladay and Roosevelt Drive. It was believed to be that Mendez Lopez was driving under the influence of intoxicants during the time of the crash. Mendez Lopez was cooperative throughout the investigation and provided a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.15 percent.
Mendez Lopez was later transported to the Clatsop County Jail on the charges of: third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangering another person, failure to perform the duties of a driver in regards to an injured person and failure to perform the duties of a driver in regards to property damage.
Due to the serious injuries Powell received he was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Unit. Authorities are asking that if you were a witness to the incident, and have not already been contacted by police, to please call the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311 as soon as possible.