HOOD RIVER, ORE. – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, deputies were dispatched to Highway 281 near Airport Road after witnesses reported a man laying face down in the ditch. Upon arrival, the responding deputy found that passersby were rendering aid to th e male subject, who was suffering from severe injuries. The man, later identified as Steven Ray Ram, 40, of Hood River, was transported by ambulance from the scene to Providence Hood River Hospital.
It was quickly determined that Ram had been a passenger in a northbound vehicle operated by 25 year old Audrey Josephine Muehlhausen of Hood River. As the vehicle was moving, Ram had fallen out of the car in some manner.
Muehlhausen was later arrested at Providence Hood River Hospital and lodged at NORCOR on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants – Alcohol and Reckless Driving.
Ram was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where he remained in critical condition Sunday night.
The cause of Ram’s exit from the moving vehicle is still undetermined and is under investigation.