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News Release
Corvallis Police Response to Fatal Crash on Philomath Blvd on Saturday February 17th - 02/20/24


News Release

Corvallis Police Department

180 NW 5th Street

Corvallis, OR97330


2/20/2024 1:15 PM


Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 /


Corvallis Police Response to Fatal Crash on Philomath Blvd

Corvallis Police Officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash into a tree on SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St on Saturday morning around 08:22 am. 

On Saturday February 17th at approximately 8:22 am the Corvallis Police Department and the Corvallis Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash on SW Philomath Blvd west of Shonnard’s Nursery. Officers arrived on scene and located a Lexus SUV with extensive damage crashed into a tree on the south side of SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. 

Tragically, the sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as 28-year-old Laura Ruhl of Corvallis, was found deceased upon arrival. The Corvallis Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Ruhl during this difficult time. 

Members of the Major Accident Investigative Team (MAIT) were called out to carefully examine the crash site. Consequently, Philomath Blvd was closed for approximately three hours to facilitate thorough investigation and ensure public safety. 

The circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event remain under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. The Corvallis Police Department urges anyone with relevant information pertaining to the incident to contact Ofc Peter Mason at 541-766-6924. 


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