Natalie Saiz-Amezquita

Natalie Saiz-Amezquita, booking photo.

CORNELIUS, OR (KPTV) – A teenage driver who caused a fiery crash in Cornelius while driving drunk last year was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Natalie Saiz-Amezquita was rushed to a Portland trauma hospital in a helicopter after crashing into a Toyota Camry on South 12th Avenue near South Dogwood Street in February 2019, investigators said.

According to investigators, the impact of the collision caused Saiz-Amezquita’s Jeep to spin and hit a parked Chevrolet Silverado and later catch fire.

Deputies said neighbors pulled Saiz-Amezquita unconscious from the red 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

After Saiz-Amezquita was released from the hospital, the sheriff's office said she was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving.

Saiz-Amezquita, who was 18 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty in late November 2019 to DUII and one count of assault in the fourth degree. All other charges against her were dismissed.

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(7) comments


She should be serving over a year. That way she can go to the big house. she was 18 at the time. If you are old enough to vote, then you are old enough to accept adult punishment.

Native Born

My brothers sentence was longer than this for his DUII also in Washington county. He stayed in the Washington county jail for 2 weeks.Neither sentence was long enough! My brother also did not cause nearly as much damage to other people or their property either.


I am wondering if she paid her hospital bills in full yet? An 18 year old who probably ran up at least 100k in costs just by being irresponsible.


That’s absolutely outrageous, she’ll be right back to driving under influence, no punishment = no deterrent.

Terrell Higgs

with such a light sentence she won't be scared to drink and drive again


Why do I thinks there's going to be another crash......

Just curious

For certain. This is why we Oregonians have to carry uninsured motor vehicle insurance.

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