Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Mary's Peak Road near Highway 34 (Photo)
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 9 miles southwest of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to a female passenger and serious injuries to the male driver.
At about 12:31 pm, on Monday, January 25, 2016 Jeremy Dryden, age 31, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Mary's Peak Road, about a third of a mile north of the intersection with Highway 34, in a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. He lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and traveled into a steep ditch on the west side of the roadway and collided with a large tree, head-on. Michal Dvir, age 27, from Philomath, Oregon, was in the front passenger seat. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Speed and the use of controlled substances may have been factors in the crash.
Medics from the Philomath Fire Department extracted both people. Jeremy Dryden was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department. Michal Dvir was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by REACH air ambulance. She was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland by REACH air ambulance. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team with the assistance of the Oregon State Police processed the collision scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant Ben Drongesen or Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6858 if they have any information. The Philomath Police Department and the Oregon State Police assisted and the roadway was partially closed for about four hours. Highway 34 was closed for less than an hour as the REACH helicopter landed and took off.
Photographs of the Collision Scene
Undersheriff Greg Ridler