Seaside Police charged 22-year-old Erick Yetzael Mendez Lopez with assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and other charges Monday morning.

The charges come after Mendez Lopez allegedly struck a stopped vehicle on North Holladay Drive and 12th Avenue in Seaside on Saturday night, continued northbound and then struck Justin Powell, 36, who was walking across the street through the intersection.

Erick Yetzael Mendez Lopez, charged in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injuried a 36-year-old Seaside man on Saturday night. 

According to police. Mendez Lopez continued further north on North Holladay, fleeing and failing to render aid to Powell or exchange information at the scene.

Investigation determined Mendez Lopez had been driving northbound on North Holladay and struck a stopped vehicle, causing significant damage. Mendez Lopez continued northbound and then struck Powell.

Seaside officers arrived moments after the reported crash was dispatched and with help from several witnesses, located Mendez Lopez walking on 15th Avenue between Holladay and Roosevelt Drive.

According to police, probable cause was developed to believe Mendez Lopez was operating his vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Mendez Lopez was cooperative throughout the investigation and provided a blood alcohol content of 0.15%.

Mendez Lopez was later transported to the Clatsop County Jail on the charges of assault III; driving under the influence of intoxicants; reckless driving; two counts of reckless endangering another person; failure to perform the duties of a driver: injured person; and failure to perform the duties of a driver: property damage.

Powell was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Unit, suffering serious injuries.

Additional witnesses are asked to call the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311.

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