Fire Sparks In Beaverton Home After Street Racing Crash

By Zuri Anderson

November 23, 2020

A fire sparked in an Oregon home after two drivers crashed into it during a street race, KOMO reported.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a Beaverton police officer saw two drivers racing near Southwest 167th and Division Street at 1:14 a.m. Monday (November 23). The officer called for backup, and both police and deputies responded to the incident.

Authorities learned both vehicles crashed into a house in the 5300 block of Southwest 167th Avenue, just off Farmington Road.

Reports said 23-year-old Andrez Velasquez, of Beaverton, was driving a silver 2009 Honda Accord. An unidentified 21-year-old woman was driving a black 2010 Lexus 250. Deputies said the woman crashed into the front of the house while Velasquez crashed into the home's garage. A fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the rest of the home, officials said.

Media Release: Deputies Investigating House Fire Caused by Suspected Speed Racing Crash On Monday, November 23, 2020,...

Posted by Washington County Sheriff's Office on Monday, November 23, 2020

"Investigators and personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) worked together to quickly evacuate two people from inside the home," according to deputies. Officials added that they found a dead cat in the home. A dog was taken to a local animal hospital.

"The Lexus driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in the Honda was also hurt in the crash," KOMO reported.

Velasquez was booked into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges, including DUII, reckless driving, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of reckless endangering.

The 21-year-old driver was cited for multiple charges because she's still in the hospital. She's facing DUII, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of reckless endangering.

Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office

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