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Fatal crash involving commercial motor vehicle on I-84 (Baker County) (Photo) - 08/14/18

On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on I-84 one mile from Baker City near mile post 307.

Investigation revealed that a 2016 Ford Van, operated by Stavr Plasari (36) from Glen Ellyn, IL. was westbound on I-84 and either stopped or traveling slowly in the right hand lane. It was struck from behind by a commercial motor vehicle (semi-truck) being operated by Samuel Goedhart (30) from Twin Falls, ID.

The passenger in the Ford Van, Mitildit Lako (53) from Elmwood Park, IL, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the van. Lako sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Plasari was transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City for injuries.

Goedhart and a juvenile male passenger in the semi truck were both transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City with minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Driver dies when vehicle crashes into tree on Hwy 200 (Lane County) (Photo) - 08/14/18

On Monday, August 13, 2018, at approximately 4:35 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on SR-200 near milepost 13.5, North of Elmira in Lane County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Cadillac sedan, operated by Gina Laracy, age 85, of Salem was traveling south on SR-200 with a passenger, Jeffrey Jones, age 36 of Salem, when for an unknown reason left her lane of travel and crashed head on into a tree.  The vehicles airbags failed to deploy.

Jones was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Laracy suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased while in transport to the hospital.

OSP Troopers were assisted by Lane County Fire and ODOT Incident Response.

 

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Oregon State Police investigating shooting in Cave Junction - 08/14/18

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 1:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the Cave Junction area on the report of a person that had been shot.

The victim identified as Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. (34) was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and later transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541- 776-6111 and reference case # SP 18-302404.

Investigation is continuing no further information will be released at this time.

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8 people die in two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 (Harney County) (Photo) - 08/14/18

On Monday, August 13, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 near milepost 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1999 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling westbound on Hwy 78 when it veered into the eastbound lane and collided with a silver 2016 Toyota 4 Runner. 

The operator of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner and the 6 passengers all sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No passengers.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department, Harney District Ambulance, Burns Fire Department, Range Land Fire Protection Association, and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Names and more information will be released when it is appropriate.

 

 

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Bend area resident arrested for multiple criminal charges after fleeing the site of reckless burning near Lava Land Visitor Center. (Deschutes County) (Photo) - 08/13/18

On Monday August 13, 2018 at about 2:30pm, the U.S. Forest Service investigated an illegal burn at a primitive campsite located in the Deschutes National Forest off of Forest Service Road 9702, (Benham Falls Road), near the Lava Lands Visitor Center.  The burn site was estimated at ¼ acre and evidence of drug use was located at the scene.  A suspect was contacted by a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) and the suspect initially gave a false name and fled the scene shortly after in a teal 1993 Ford Escort Wagon.  The U.S. Forest Service LEO was able to capture the vehicle plate and disseminate that information to local area partner agencies.

Oregon State Police Troopers and Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office began an area search for the outstanding suspects involved in this incident.  At about 4:00pm, the Deschutes County 911 Center received a report of a rolling domestic disturbance near 3rd Street and NE Franklin Avenue in Bend.  The vehicle reported matched the teal Ford Escort from the previous reckless burning incident.  Officers from Bend Police Department and OSP located and stopped the Ford Escort. 

The male driver, later identified as 43 year old Bend resident Benjamin Noah Osborn, was positively identified as the suspect.  Osborn and his female passenger, identified as 28 year old Redding California resident, Kaleigh Thompson were both transported to a Bend area hospital for evaluation for concerns of drug use. 

Osborn was later lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of DUII – Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Heroin; Giving False Information to Police; Fail to Register as a Sex Offender; and Fugitive from Justice on an Outstanding Arrest Warrant issued from California.  Citations were also issued by the U.S. Forest Service for Illegal Burning and Giving False Information to Police. 

The Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service and all First Responders urge the public to use extreme caution during the fire restriction season to prevent risk to life and public and private property damage.

UPDATE - NAME RELEASED - Single vehicle fatality Hwy 36 near Junction City ( Lane County) - 08/13/18

The deceased has been identified as James Allen Guse, age 82 of Eugene.

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On August 11, 2018 at approximately 9:52 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 36 near mp 51 (near the Hwy 36 / Hwy 99 Intersection)

Preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle slowly drifted off the road and crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.  After crashing in the bridge the vehicle caught on fire.

The driver of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No other occupants in the vehicle.  Name will be released at a later time.

OSP was assisted by the Junction City Police Department, Lane County Fire and the ODOT.

Single vehicle (motorcycle) crash Hwy 20 (Linn County) - 08/13/18

On Sunday August 12, 2018 at approximately 11:34 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 34.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2002 Kawasaki ZX6, operated by Victoria Hotson, age 56, of Dallas, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 when for unknown reasons the Kawasaki veered off the road and struck the westbound guardrail.

Hotson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Hwy 20 westbound lane at milepost 34 was closed for three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire and ODOT.

 

  

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One person dies in head on crash on Hwy 95 (Malheur County) (Photo) - 08/13/18

On Saturday, August 11, 2018 at approximately 2:45 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 97.

Investigation reveals that a white 2005 Ford Focus, operated by Jaila Aguilera-Pinder (19) from Las Vegas, NV. was northbound on Hwy 95. Aguilera-Pinder was attempting to pass a commercial motor vehicle in a no passing zone when it struck a southbound 2014 Ford Escape, operated by Victor Dunkelberger (33) from Rocklin, CA. The two vehicles collided head on at highway speeds.

Dunkelberger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were two passengers in the Ford Escape, Ayna Anderson (27) from Rocklin, CA - transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise), a juvenile passenger was transported by ground to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Aguilera-Pinder and her passenger, Keilin Alfonso-Vaquero (25) from Las Vegas, NV, were both transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

OSP was assisted by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Life light, Jordan Valley Ambulance, ODOT, and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (NV).

OSP collision reconstructionist are continuing the investigation.

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Three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E claims life of motorcyclist (Linn County) (Photo) - 08/11/18

On Saturday, August 11, 2018 at about  9:10 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle versus motorcycle crash on OR-22E near milepost 71. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2015 Triumph motorcycle, operated by Gregory D. Gummere (64), of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on OR-22E when for unknown reasons the motorcycle crossed the centerline and clipped an eastbound 1996 Plymouth minivan operated by David Privratsky (62), of McMinnville, OR.  The motorcycle then hit head-on with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, operated by Caleb J. Pilling (33) of Beaverton, OR.   

Gummere suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no injuries to any other persons involved. 

OR-22E was closed for approximately five hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Idanha & Gates Fire, and ODOT.

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CORRECTION Name transposed - Two vehicles and farm implement involved in fatal crash in Malheur County (Photo) - 08/10/18

The correct name is Holden Martin from Northport Washington.

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On August 8, 2018 at approximately 11:43am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle fatality crash involving a farm implement on SR-201N near milepost 20. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 John Deere Tractor pulling a large oversized farm implement, operated by Hector Garduno Dominguez (54) of Weiser, Idaho was traveling southbound on SR-201N near milepost 20.  Allan Garrison (83) of Weiser, Idaho was traveling northbound on SR-201N near milepost 20 in a 2013 white Ford F150 pickup when he struck the farm implement that was partially in the northbound lanes of travel.  The implement peeled open the driver's side of the Ford pickup causing serious injuries to Garrison's left arm.  Garrison was later transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Ontario for treatment of his injuries.

Martin Holden (19) of Northport, WA was traveling northbound behind the white Ford pickup in a white 1999 Honda Accord when the first crash occurred.  The Honda and the implement collided.  Holden suffered fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

ODOT had SR-201N closed with detours in place for nearly 4.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Payette Rural Fire Department.

 

 

 

 

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Motorcycist dies in single vehicle crash (Clackamas County) - 08/07/18

On August 5, 2018 at approximately 2:45 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 224 near milepost 43.

Investigation reveals that a 2017 KTM Motorcycle, being operated by Casey SMITH, age 51 of  Oregon City, was travelling on Hwy 224 when for unknown reasons he left the roadway on a left hand curve and travelled into the ditch. 

SMITH suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, medical and rescue personnel, and ODOT.

 

Pedestrian struck by car on Hwy 62 in Jackson County - 08/06/18

On August 4, 2018 at about 11:48pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian on Hwy 62 near milepost 5. 

Investigation revealed that Jason ZIEGLER, age 39 of Medford,  was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee westbound when he struck a pedestrian, Ignacio HERNANDEZ, age 39 of Eugene,  who was in the roadway at the time of the collision. 

ZIEGLER stopped at the scene and called 911 to report the incident.  After the initial collision witnesses indicate that a second vehicle struck HERNANDEZ but that operator/vehicle did not stop at the scene. 

ZIEGLER is cooperating fully with the investigation. 

HERNANDEZ sustained critical injuries and is being treated at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

Two westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours during the investigation.

Anyone with any information on the second vehicle that struck HERNANDEZ is asked to call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 and reference case number SP18-290557

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Fatal motorcycle crash SR 36 east of Mapleton (Lane County) (Photo) - 08/06/18

On Saturday, 08/04/2018 at approximately 9:34 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a Black 2007 Honda CBR  motorcycle operated by BERNHARDT, Trevor R. age 36 of Mapleton and a Black 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup operated by LEE, Joshua A. age 24 of Mapleton, on SR-36 at MP 3.3, east of Mapleton, OR. 

The investigation revealed the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on SR-36 and rear ended the eastbound truck as it was turning northbound onto North Fork Siuslaw Road.  

BERNHARDT sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.  LEE was not injured. 

SR-36 was flagged by ODOT with one lane open for approximately three hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Deadwood Creek Fire Service, Western Lane Ambulance and ODOT.

 

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**Update #1** Toledo Teenager Killed in Crash--Photo added (Photo) - 08/03/18

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On August 3, 2018 at 2:42 AM, the Oregon State Police and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on SR Hwy 229 near milepost 31.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Carter Worden (age 14 from Toledo) was traveling southbound on Hwy 229. The vehicle crossed over the centerline and struck a tree on the eastside of the highway. Investigator learned Worden, who resided with grandparents, had taken one of their vehicles during the night.

 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Toledo Fire & Rescue, Toledo Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

Toledo High-school is providing grief counselors for students who would like support with this tragedy. Please go to their Facebook page at Toledo Jr/Sr High Boomers.

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OSP requesting public assistance - 08/02/18

Please see the attached Oregon State Police Bulletin.

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Oregon State Police seeking the public's help in poaching of black tail deer - Josephine County (Photo) - 08/01/18

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Central Point and Grants Pass Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Merlin area to investigate a deer that was discovered dead in someone’s front yard and thought it might be poached.


The troopers responded and discovered two dead deer inside a fenced yard only 20 feet from someone’s house.  Both deer had bullet holes in them.  Shots were heard in the area on the evening of July 22 around 11pm.  The location was off of Grouse Creek Road in the Colonial Valley.    

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.


Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.


The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Bicyclist Critically Injured After Being Struck in Lane County - 07/30/18

On Friday, July 27th, 2018 at about 7:10PM the Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a bicycle that occurred on McKenzie View Drive in an unincorporated area of Lane County.

This collision involved a 2009 Honda Civic operated by Tevah DONITH age 36, of Eugene.  DONITH was traveling westbound on McKenzie View Drive, overtook and impacted with a westbound bicyclist, Jeffery Allan SAKACSI, age 48 of Springfield, while negotiating a curve.  SAKACSI was thrown to the roadway and struck by a second vehicle which was a 2005 Chrysler Cruze operated by Megan BERRY, age 33, of Eugene.  SAKACSI was transported to Sacred Heart hospital at River Bend with life threatening injuries.  SAKACSI remains in serious condition.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Eugene Springfield Fire.   The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Albany Woman Loses Life in Two-Vehicle crash on Highway 20 at Knox Butte Road (Photo) - 07/30/18

On Monday July 30, 2018 at about 9:45 AM OSP Troopers responded to a fatal vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Knox Butte Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, operated by Linda OLSON, age 76, of Albany, was attempting to turn left onto Hwy 20 from Knox Butte Rd and failed to yield the right of way to a red 1999 Ford F250 pickup operated by Ryan TILLEY, age 42, of Albany.  The Ford struck the driver's side of the Chevrolet. Both operators were wearing safety restraints at the time of the collision.

OLSON had succumb to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  TILLEY was transported to the hospital by his wife who had arrived on-scene after the crash, for minor injuries.

Hwy 20 at Knox Butte Road was closed and vehicular traffic was redirected for approximately 4 hours.  The investigation is ongoing.  OSP was assisted by Linn County S.O., Albany Fire, ODOT and the Linn County DA's Office.

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Two Cave Junction Men Found deceased after shooting - Josephine County - 07/30/18

On July 26, 2018 at approximately 12:30am, Oregon State Police Troopers out of the Grants Pass office responded to Highway 199 near Reeves Creek Road to the report of two deceased males. Initially it was thought to be related to a traffic crash, but as Troopers arrived it was evident the two males had been shot. Shortly thereafter, the person that allegedly shot the two men arrived on scene and was detained.  The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Detectives responded and are lead on the investigation.

The names of the deceased are 28 year old Matthew J. Cortez from Cave Junction and 28 year old Jesse Swift, also from Cave Junction.

The investigation in ongoing and there is no danger to the public. There have been no arrests made regarding the incident and the detectives are working with the Josephine County District Attorney’s office.

Prineville resident loses life in rollover crash on Highway 26. (Crook County) - 07/27/18

On July 27, 2018 at about 3:45 pm, Troopers responded along with Deputies from the Crook County Sheriff's Office to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 26 near milepost 17, west of Prineville. 

The investigation revealed a dark colored 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 at this location when it left the roadway for unknown reasons, rolling over into the eastbound ditch.  The driver and sole occupant, identified as 20 year old Prineville resident David Thompson, was ejected during the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It was determined that Thompson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Crook County Fire and Rescue. 

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Grass Valley Man loses life in Single Motorcycle Crash on I 84 near Mosier (Photo) - 07/26/18

On Wednesday, July 25th at approximately 6:47AM, OSP Troopers from The Dalles responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash westbound on I 84 near milepost 69, which is just west of Mosier in Wasco County.

OSP and Hood River Medics arrived at the scene within 15 minutes of the reported crash.  The operator of the motorcycle was determined to have succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed the operator, 60 year old Mike Layton WALLACE, was traveling westbound in the slow lane at or just below the speed limit.  A witness who was following WALLACE, observed him reach back towards a saddle bag along the left rear side of the motorcycle when he lost control and began to wobble back and forth.  WALLACE was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest along the shoulder.  The motorcycle continued to travel under its own power before stopping along the center median approximately 1000 feet from WALLACE.

Distracted driving appears to be the cause of this crash.  It was also determined WALLACE was not utilizing a DOT approved helmet, however this did not factor into WALLACE’s injuries.  The freeway was limited to one lane of travel for approximately 2 ½ hours as the investigation was completed.  The Oregon State Police was assisted by Hood River Fire, Mosier Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Portland man shoots self after being stopped following a complaint about his reckless driving - 07/25/18

On Monday, July 23rd at approximately 1:10PM, an Oregon State Police Trooper from The Dalles stopped a reported reckless driver eastbound on I-84 near milepost 103 in Sherman County.  After stopping, the 42 year old male driver exited the vehicle armed with a handgun.  The Trooper asked the driver to drop the gun.  The driver continued to walk to the rear of his vehicle and shot himself in the head.  The driver collapsed in the ditch and out of sight.  The Trooper held cover over the subject until his backup officers arrived.  They then approached the subject and rendered medical care.  The driver was transported to the hospital in The Dalles and eventually flown by air ambulance to a Portland area hospital, where he continues to receive medical care.  His condition is unknown.

The eastbound traffic was closed for approximately 40 minutes, while the scene was rendered safe and continued to be restricted to a single lane for another two hours while the investigation was conducted at the scene.  No additional information is planned to be released regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, Sherman County District Attorney, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, North Sherman County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The Sherman County SO is leading the investigation.

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UPDATE - Name Released - Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 11 near Pendleton - Umatilla County (Photo) - 07/22/18

Leodoro Ruval Caba Ruval Caba, age 50 of Pendleton, suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

He was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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On Sunday, July 22, 2018 at about 3:25 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle roll over crash on OR-11 at milepost 1.7.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a  Chevrolet SUV was traveling south bound on OR-11 when for an unknown reason veered off of the road and struck a power pole.  The SUV rolled  multiple times.  The driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Names will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

OR-11 was not closed following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Pendleton Fire Department, the Milton Freewater Police Department and ODOT.

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UPDATE - Names Released - Single vehicle fatal crash I-5 near Canyonville - Douglas County - 07/22/18

Zakary  Mendenhall, age 19 of Roseburg, was operating the Bronco.  Mendenhall suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Passengers in the Bronco, Sydnee Kibbey, age 18 of Myrtle Creek, and Jenaka Black, age 20 of Roseburg, both suffered injuries in the crash and were transported to the hospital.

 

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On Sunday July 22, 2018, at approximately 1:50 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a roll over crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 102 northbound in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a brown 1985 Ford Bronco drove of the roadway, rolled and came to rest on I - 5. 

I-5 northbound was closed for an hour and 20 minutes following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and multiple fire/ems agencies.

Names will be released at a later time.

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Double Fatal Motorcycle crash at the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint near Enterprise - Wallowa County (Photo) - 07/21/18

On Friday, July 20, 2018, at about 4:32 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near milepost 13 on State Route 3. (Joseph Canyon Viewpoint).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a bronze 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide motorcycle, operated by a male driver and a female passenger, was traveling northbound behind another motorcycle as a group when the lead motorcycle began to slow down and turn into the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint. The driver of the Tri Glide steered around, lost control and overturned on the shoulder.  The passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was transported by air ambulance to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.


Driver: Galen Joseph ROTTINGHAUS, age 79, of Oak Harbor, Washington

Passenger: Patricia Ann EVANS, age 77, of El Cajon, California

The northbound lane of State Route 3 near milepost 13 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Enterprise Fire Department, Wallowa Memorial Hospital Ambulance, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). 

 

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Fatal vehicle crash Hwy 20 east of Sweet Home - Linn County (Photo) - 07/18/18

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at about 2:00 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and Sweet Home Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 20  east of Sweet Home.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a  2001 Pontiac van, operated by Scott A. WARTENA, age 76, of Sweet Home, was traveling west bound on Hwy 20, when for an unknown reason began swerving back and forth in both lanes of travel.  An east bound 2006 Ford Explorer, operated by Linda K. PHILLIPS, age 69, of Boring, saw the white Pontiac van weaving and attempted to avoid a collision.  PHILLIPS was unable to avoid the Pontiac and the vehicles hit head on near the fogline of the east bound lane. 

All involved were transported to area hospitals.  

On Wedmesday,  July 18, 2018 WARTENA died, at the hospital, from injuries sustained in the crash.

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Motorcyclist killed in single vehicle crash - Hwy 202 (Nehalem Hwy) - Clatsop County - 07/17/18

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 202 near milepost 6.

Investigation revealed that a Triumph Motorcycle operated by Damian BURRELL, age 30 of Warrenton, was westbound on Hwy 202, traveling at a high rate of speed while passing, when he lost control of the motorcycle and traveled off the roadway and crashed into the water.  Passing motorists stopped to assist and pulled BURRELL from the water.   

BURRELL suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Oregon State Police were assisted on scene by Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance,  ODOT, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.