SUV driven by Camas woman strikes pedestrian, kills dog in Hillsboro, Ore.

Police are investigating whether she ran red light

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Police are investigating whether a Camas woman drove through a red light Sunday evening when her SUV struck a pedestrian and her dog in Hillsboro, Ore.

Josefina Huntington, 61, was driving a 2006 Honda Element near the Tanasbourne area with her husband James in the passenger seat. As she drove westbound through the intersection of Northwest 194th Terrace and Evergreen Parkway, she struck a Hillsboro woman who was walking northbound through the crosswalk with her boxer, said Lt. Michael Roches, spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department.

The woman, Adrianne Susbauer, 26, was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where she was in critical condition Monday night. The dog died.

The crash occurred around 8:40 p.m., as the sun was setting behind the traffic light, Roches said. Huntington said the light was green as she approached the intersection, though the sun glare obscured her view. When she flipped down the visor and saw Susbauer, she did not have time to stop.

No other motorists were in the intersection or nearby at the time of the accident, Roches said. A couple of people heard the crash and came over to help, but they did not see what happened.

“We have some more investigation to do to figure out the timing of the lights,” Rouches said, adding that there are no cameras at the intersection.

Police are waiting to interview Susbauer, who is in a coma.

Huntington has not been cited.