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Police searching for hit-and-run driver who critically injured woman on Hwy 212

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DAMASCUS, OR (KPTV) -

Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver after a two-vehicle crash critically injured a woman and closed a section of Highway 212 west of Damascus on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. near Southeast Wyeast Avenue.

Oregon State Police said a 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and hit a 2000 Toyota Camry head-on. 

The driver of the Camry, 20-year-old Ana Wakefield of Damascus, was critically injured in the crash. She was taken to an area hospital. 

Trooper said the driver of the Explorer abandoned the car and left the scene. 

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s with a slim build and dark hair. OSP searched the area for the suspect with a K-9 but he was not found.  

Investigators said the Ford Explorer had switched plates and is believed to have recently been on a used car lot. Police released an image of the dealer sticker late Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. 

The road was closed for hours after the crash. 

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