By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Hit and run driver flees
Officers searching for suspect
Sunset, bypass wreck No.jpg
McMinnville Police Department is looking for the driver of this vehicle, a maroon 2002 Ford Explorer. According to the police report, the man ran from the scene and has not been located. - photo by Lisa Hobbs
Sunset, bypass wreck BEST.jpg
The driver of this maroon GMC Canyon, above, escaped serious injury Thursday evening after his vehicle was T-boned on the bypass at the intersection of Sunset Drive. Jakob Shockley, 17, climbed from the wreckage to discover the other driver had fled the scene. McMinnville Police Department is actively seeking that individual. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Officers are investigating another hit-and-run accident after a driver triggered a crash, then left his damaged SUV behind and ran from the scene.

The incident took place at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Highway 70S Bypass at 6 p.m. Thursday and involved two vehicles.  

According to the police report, Jakob Shockley, 17, was traveling inbound on the bypass in a maroon GMC Canyon when he was struck on the driver’s side by a maroon Ford Explorer coming from the direction of Oriole Drive.

“When his traffic light turned green and he proceeded forward, Mr. Shockley stated he noticed the vehicle beside him hit their brakes then noticed the maroon Ford Explorer to his left side before getting struck in the driver’s side of his vehicle,” said officer Trevor Medley in his report.

The impact caused Shockley’s vehicle to flip onto its side. After climbing from the wreckage through the busted windshield, the McMinnville teen was treated for minor injuries to his face, right arm and right side of his body.

Witnesses at the scene reported the SUV’s driver ran in the direction of Sunset Drive and was chased by at least one individual. Multiple patrol units saturated the area and were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the fleeing suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call McMinnville Police Department at 473-3808. It marked the third hit-and-run accident in the city in a nine-day span.