Hermiston Police News: Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash Update

Release Date: 
08/04/2016

On Wednesday August 3rd 2016, at about 6:49PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department responded to the 400 block of NE 4th Street on a report of a crash involving several persons with injuries.  Officers arrived and learned Jesse J. Focht 23 years of age of 225 SE 4th Street, Hermiston, was operating a 2014 Chevrolet southbound on NE 4th Street when his vehicle left the roadway crashing into the fence of the residence at 430 NE 4th Street and causing serious injuries to three juveniles playing in the yard.

The juveniles (two 11 year olds and one 10 year old) were treated on scene by Umatilla County Fire District 1 paramedics.  Two males were transported to Good Shepherd Hospital via ambulance and one male was transported via private vehicle.  The extent of the injuries is still not entirely known.

Focht who is on felony probation was taken into custody on a detainer issued by his probation officer and later lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.  Alcohol consumption does not appear to be the main contributing factor in/with the crash but we are waiting on chemical analysis of evidence collected before making the final determination.

Charges which can vary greatly will be determined once the analysis comes back.  A crash reconstructionist with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and will be providing a report on his findings.  

“Clearly this is a very emotional investigation as three children were in what was believed to be a protected area playing.  We appreciate the support of Umatilla County Parole/Probation as we want to ensure we conduct a thorough investigation,” reports Chief Jason Edmiston.

Update: Two of the juveniles are at home and one is still in the hospital. Injuries for those released consisted of sprained ankle, bruising and swelling, laceration to leg that required stitches, laceration to face that required a stitch. The more serious injuries are broken ribs, spleen issues (no clue to what extent), and lacerations.