WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. — Oregon officials say they’ve made an arrest in an all-terrain vehicle crash that killed a Washington state man.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say two ATVs crashed on the dunes in Winchester Bay late Friday night. The driver of one of the ATVs, 30-year-old Benjamin Wohl, of Poulsbo, Washington, was killed; his passenger, Breauna Ellison, of Clackamas, Oregon, was seriously hurt.
Deputies say there were three people on the ATV that struck them, two males and a female. According to investigators, they briefly stopped after the accident, then drove off before abandoning the ATV and running into the trees. Deputies tried to track them with a police dog, without success.
In a news release Tuesday, authorities said they arrested 25-year-old Walker Thomas Kellogg, of Winchester Bay, at the Shilo Inn in Newport on Monday night. He was booked on charges that include second-degree manslaughter and failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons in a hit and run.
It was not immediately clear if Kellogg had obtained an attorney or when he might make an initial court appearance.
Authorities said one of the ATV’s passengers, 24-year-old Danielle Gockel-Figge, was with Kellogg at the hotel and was cited for hindering prosecution. She did not immediately respond to a Facebook message seeking comment.
The case remains under investigation.