<![CDATA[Oregon State Police]]> News via FlashAlert.Net http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=1002 en-us info@flashalert.net (Craig Walker) sysadmin@solidnet.net (SolidNet Administrator) 30 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:26:02 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Additional Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County]]>
According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:07 p.m., a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN FITCH, age 21, from Beaverton, was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road about milepost 84. As the pickup negotiated a right curve at a high rate of speed, it crossed the double solid centerline and collided nearly head-on with a southbound 2001 Ford Taurus four-door. The pickup came to rest on its right side near the center of the highway. The car came to rest on the southbound shoulder.

The passenger car's 70-year old male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FITCH, who was driving on a suspended license, received minor injury and was later arrested by OSP. During the investigation, OSP learned FITCH was on probation for DUII out of Clackamas County. His probation officer was contacted and issued an arrest detainer. He was lodged in Tillamook County Jail for Probation Violation and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the District Attorney for further consideration of additional prosecution. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT. The highway was closed in both directions for 4 hours.

Photograph(s) will be released with victim's name on Friday.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:59:30 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Albany (Photo)]]>
On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 1995 Honda Civic driven by AMBER NICHOLE FOREST, age 28, from, Aumsville, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 237 when it traveled into the center median. The car continued across the median into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2005 Volvo commercial truck pulling semi-trailer in the right southbound lane.

After impact, the commercial truck and trailer crossed the center median onto the northbound lanes where it collided into a concrete barrier. The truck and trailer came to rest jackknifed across the northbound lanes. The Honda came to rest in the center median.

FOREST was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, ARTHUR F. PEREZ, age 65, from College Place, Washington, was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash with the assistance of a crash investigation inter-agency team comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Lebanon Police Department.

Additional assistance provided at the scene by Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT.

All lanes in both directions were opened by 3:00 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:55 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Seeking Information Related to Robbery, Assault Investigation - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton]]>
On October 22, 2014 at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34-year old Boise, Idaho man stopped his black Subaru passenger car along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227 to inspect what he believed was a flat tire. While stopped and outside of his vehicle, the victim reported that a maroon 1990s Ford Mustang displaying unknown California license plate stopped behind his vehicle. The two men got out and assaulted the victim, stealing his wallet. The men ran back to their car and drove away westbound.

Both suspects were described as white males, age 35 - 40, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. One suspect was reported to have dark hair, a beard, and was wearing a red plaid flannel shirt. The second suspect was reported to have dark hair, a moustache, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The victim received minor injuries not requiring medical treatment.

Anyone with who may have been traveling through the area at the time with information about this case is requested to call OSP dispatch at (541) 276-2121. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Dan Chichester.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:11:23 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge]]>
According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed that a pickup was underwater below the bridge.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel in a boat found a body in the water about four miles from the bridge. Fire personnel from North Bend Fire Department, North Bay Rural Fire Protection 2, and Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene with watercraft resources. A dive team from Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District checked the pickup about 15 feet underwater and confirmed there were no other occupants inside. The pickup was later recovered by Mast Bros. Towing.

The deceased man was identified as MARK FORTUNE, age 52, from Florence. FORTUNE reportedly was working as a mechanic for the bridge contractor. The circumstances surrounding his death and how his vehicle went into the water are not known at this time. The incident was not witnessed and construction crew members spotted the 2001 Ford F250 pickup in the water but couldn't account for FORTUNE.

According to ODOT, Highway 101 remains closed at the McCullough Bridge following the incident that damaged a construction project enclosure attached to the bridge. ODOT estimates the bridge will remain closed to all traffic until late Friday. A detour along East Bay Drive is being used for local traffic. Motor carriers are advised to use Highway 42 instead of Highway 38.

Questions regarding the bridge project and traffic restrictions should be directed to ODOT. Updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs for release.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:39:48 PDT <![CDATA[Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge]]>
According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. US Coast Guard and local fire personnel responded with watercraft resources and the body of a deceased adult male was recovered. Divers located a vehicle under water believed to be associated with the victim.

ODOT has closed the bridge in both directions for an unknown period. A detour is being established around the area and updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No other information to be released at this time.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:09:21 PDT <![CDATA[Wanted Man Arrested by OSP & Salem PD After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Area Search off Interstate 5 near Market Street]]>
On October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:26 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint regarding a passenger car southbound on Interstate 5 near Donald/Aurora. An OSP trooper stopped the car about 2:50 a.m. on the off-ramp to Market Street and contacted two occupants.

The passenger was not wearing a safety belt, provided a false name to the trooper and fled on foot. The trooper quickly confirmed his identity as KRISTOPHER ALLEN RICE, age 21, from Salem, learned he was wanted on felony Marion County warrants and that he may be armed.

Additional law enforcement officers from OSP, SPD and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded and established a perimeter. Some SPD SWAT personal also came to the scene to assist with the search as the off-ramp, some area streets and a park-and-ride lot were closed off.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., SPD SWAT took RICE into custody as he hid in a transient tent surrounded by brush. RICE was turned over to OSP and also found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. No firearm was reportedly found.

RICE was transported to Marion County Jail where he was lodged on the felony warrants for Dangerous Drugs and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and local charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

The driver was not arrested.

No photograph available for release at this time.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:51:17 PDT <![CDATA[Two Unrelated Traffic Stops Lead to Discovery of 13 lbs. of Marijuana, Pending Charges for 2 People - Interstate 5 near Roseburg]]>
On October 20, 2014 at approximately 6:23 p.m., an OSP sergeant stopped a 1998 Ford Escort displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 119 for a speed violation. The vehicle was occupied by a 21-year old female driver and the passenger identified as JORDAN J. PERRY, age 48, from Hollywood, California.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of over 4 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $10,000.

PERRY was taken into custody and later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. The driver was not arrested or cited.

The second traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:44 p.m. on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 120 when an OSP trooper stopped a Ford Ranger pickup displaying Minnesota license plates. The pickup's driver was identified as TERESA ANN LEMONS, age 45, from Rogers. Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 9.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

LEMONS was later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

No photographs available for this release.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:14:08 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 52 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Washington Man - Interstate 5 near Tualatin (Photo)]]>
On October 21, 2014 at approximately 2:27 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rental 2014 Toyota Camry four-door displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290. The vehicle's driver was identified as SANTICHITH LA HOCHINGNAVONG, age 38, from Seattle, Washington. The passenger was identified as a 25-year old Washington man.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 52 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $130,000.

HOCHINGNAVONG was arrested without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The passenger was not arrested.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Tualatin Police Department.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Hochingnavong photo - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:23 PDT <![CDATA[Citizen Reports Regarding Intoxicated Hitchhiker Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted on 9 Warrants from 7 Different Jurisdictions (Photo)]]>
On October 20, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch began receiving several citizen reports of an intoxicated male stumbling and acting strangely while hitchhiking on Interstate 5 near Carmen Drive. An OSP trooper located the man about 20 minutes later at the off-ramp to Highway 217.

The man verbally identified himself as TONY LEE WOOD, age 38, from Portland. Subsequent investigation confirmed his identity and that he was wanted on 9 outstanding warrants from seven different jurisdictions (Deschutes County, Klamath County, Multnomah County, Linn County, Troutdale, West Linn, and Gladstone). Six of the warrants were for Fail to Appear on various misdemeanor charges, and three warrants were for Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

WOOD was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:11:12 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Boardman in Morrow County (Photo)]]>
According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.

A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by MITCHELL E. DAVIS, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After DAVIS got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, MELVIN J. MITCHELL, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to MITCHELL.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

DAVIS received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as RONALD COOK, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Ford Explorer's driver, JOE W. BROGDON, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office, Boardman Rural Fire Protection District, Morrow County Ambulance, and ODOT.

While this investigation was being conducted, a secondary collision occurred in the westbound lanes near milepost 166. That collision was investigated by Boardman Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:36 PDT <![CDATA[Minor Injury Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Hayesville Drive NE in Salem Area]]>
On October 20, 2014 at approximately 1:48 p.m., a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by MYUNG LEE, age 72, from Keizer, exited Roth's IGA parking lot into the center turn lane to proceed south on Highway 99E. As the Jeep moved into the southbound lane it collided with a pedestrian who was in the traffic lane.

The pedestrian, DANIEL NELSON, age 63, from Salem, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The southbound lanes were blocked about 30 minutes until NELSON was transported from the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, local fire/ems, and ODOT.

Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator. Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030.

No photographs for this release.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:36:58 PDT <![CDATA[Increased Interagency Traffic Enforcement Effort in Oregon State University Campus Vicinity]]>
Following complaints and past problems related to bicycle and vehicle operation endangering pedestrians, the enforcement effort will focus both dates on roadways and intersections in the vicinity of Memorial Union, Valley Library and Kerr Administration from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to remember their duty to exercise due care and obey traffic control devices (i.e., stop signs, traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signals) at all times. Drive safely to save lives.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:34:21 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Names Released - Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County (Photo)]]>
On October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., a 2010 Dodge Caliber was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban towing a 32 foot travel trailer.

The operator of the Dodge Caliber, TIFFANY FEFELOV, age 27, her husband FRED FEFELOV, age 34, and their daughter MILA FEFELOV, age 7 months, from Sherwood, all suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Suburban, FRANCIS HART, age 78, and his wife, SALLY HART, age 77, from Salem, were uninjured in the crash.

Seatbelt usage by all occupants from both vehicles is still being determined by investigators.

OSP troopers from Albany Area Command are leading the investigation and were assisted by OSP troopers from Bend Area Command. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department and ODOT.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:15:06 PDT <![CDATA[Injury crash Highway 140West west of Klamath Falls (Photo)]]>
On October 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV, operated by ASHLEY WILLBURN, age 23, from Klamath Falls, was westbound on Highway 140West near milepost 58. For unknown reasons WILLBURN'S SUV drifted onto the westbound shoulder. WILLBURN overcorrected and her SUV came back onto the road and eventually left the roadway and went into the Klamath Lake. The SUV came to rest partially submerged in the lake.

WILLBURN was transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. WILLBURN was cited for Careless Driving. Seatbelt usage is still unconfirmed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1 and ODOT.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:26:29 PDT <![CDATA[Preliminary Information: Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County]]>
Preliminary information indicates on October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a critical injury two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 78. Upon arrival the crash was confirmed as a triple fatality in which a passenger car that was eastbound lost control and traveled broadside into the path of a westbound utility vehicle pulling a travel trailer. All three occupants in the passenger car were confirmed deceased. The occupants in the utility vehicle were uninjured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Albany area commands are investigating the crash. OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and local Fire and EMS. No further information for release at this time.

No photographs available at the time of this release.

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:03:24 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)]]>
According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 76.

Initial investigation indicates a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle driven by ADELINA TERESA BARRERA, age 80, from Tigard, was southbound on Interstate 5 when, for an unconfirmed reason, it traveled at a high rate of speed onto the shoulder though a grassy field and into a wooded area. The vehicle went through a wire fence, struck several trees and fence posts, and narrowly missed a house before hitting a tree head-on.

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by a deputy medical examiner from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:20:32 PDT <![CDATA[Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Demaray Road at Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass (Photo)]]>
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 16, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Demaray Drive turning left onto Hubbard Lane. According to witnesses, a 2008 Honda motorcycle operated by GRANT EVAN VERITY, age 35, from Grants Pass, was passing vehicles northbound at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the left rear of the turning Nissan.

VERITY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GRIFFIN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Josh Quick is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue Division, and AMR Ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:54:27 PDT <![CDATA[Acting Public Information Officer for Saturday, October 18, & Sunday, October 19]]>
Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duty for OSP on Monday, October 20.

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:28:31 PDT <![CDATA[Death Investigation - Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County]]>
On October 15, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m., OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) were asked by Newberg/Dundee Police Department to be on the lookout for a suicidal man who may have traveled to the Cape Foulweather area. At 7:45 a.m., a LCSO deputy found the man's vehicle at a parking lot and then found MICHAEL A. LYMAN, age 24, from Newberg, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

OSP responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner. Other assistance at the scene provided by Depoe Bay Fire District and Oregon State Parks & Recreation personnel.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

Lincoln County Mental Health & Human Services has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling 1-888-232-7192. More information about mental health services in Lincoln County is available on their website at http://www.lincolncountyhealth.com/MH/MHWEBpage1.htm

Yamhill County Adult Mental Health has a crisis help line available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (503) 434-7523. After hours, mental health crisis help is available by calling 800-560-5535. More information about mental services in Yamhill County is available on their website at http://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:48:33 PDT <![CDATA[Update #2: Witnesses Sought - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 211 east of Molalla in Clackamas County (Photo)]]>
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 211 east of Molalla that resulted in the death of an adult female. The victim's granddaughter and the other involved driver received non-life threatening injuries.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 1994 Ford Mustang driven by SEAN M. BUSCHKE, age 33, from Colton, was westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when it crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound 1993 Honda Accord four-door. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The Honda's driver, KRISTI LOUISE ANDERSON, age 64, from Molalla, was extricated by Molalla Rural Fire Protection District personnel and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She was reported deceased after arriving at the hospital. Her 3-year old granddaughter, ELIZABETH BARKER, who was using a child safety seat, was also transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. Safety restraint use by the victim is pending confirmation.

BUSCHKE was transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Tracy Clark is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. The highway was closed for over 4 hours.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:07:11 PDT <![CDATA[Correction: Driver Cited After Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence (Photo)]]>
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Two people were injured Thursday morning in a collision between a transport van and passenger car on Highway 101 north of Florence at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park intersection. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the transport van's driver.

On October 16, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 2000 Honda Civic four-door driven by RONALD G. TAVES, age not available, from Yachats, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 176. A Northwest Youth Corps transport van driven by JOSHUA ABEL, age 21, from Mesa, Arizona, pulled out from Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park into the northbound lane where the car struck it on the left side.

RONALD TAVES and his passenger, JOAN TAVES, age 66, received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. They were treated and released from the hospital. Both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

ABEL and his nine passengers were not injured.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to cite ABEL for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Lead investigator is Trooper Rodney Brock.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The northbound lane was closed about two hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:05:19 PDT <![CDATA[Death Investigation - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in Lane County]]>
On October 15, 2014 at approximately 8:35 a.m., an ODOT employee stopped to check a 1991 Honda Civic parked at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near milepost 15. The ODOT employee reported discovering a deceased adult male inside the car.

OSP responded to the scene to investigate. The deceased was identified as DAVID PETER CADA, age 45, from Springfield.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Lane County Public Health and the Lane County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-links.htm

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:11:45 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 4 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Men Including Texas Fugitive - Interstate 5 in Eugene/Springfield (Photo)]]>
On October 15, 2014 at approximately 1:07 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Nissan sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates for multiple traffic violations off Interstate 5 at the Glenwood Boulevard exit near milepost 192. During the contact the trooper identified the two occupants as driver THOMAS M. GARZA, age 48, from Talent, and passenger ANTHONY J. BALASCIO, age 43, from Allen, Texas.

During the traffic stop the trooper learned BALASCIO was wanted on a felony warrant out of Texas for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. BALASCIO was arrested without incident as a Fugitive from Justice.

Subsequent investigation also led the trooper to discover approximately 4 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana was $10,000.

GARZA was arrested without incident for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. GARZA and BALASCIO were lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photographs:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Balascio and Garza photos - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:24:06 PDT <![CDATA[Fire Heavily Damages Commercial Truck and Hay-loaded Trailers - Interstate 84 east of Stanfield (Photo)]]>
On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling two flatbed semi-trailers loaded with hay were westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 194 when the 60-year old driver started to smell smoke. The driver stopped about the same time an OSP trooper pulled up to the scene as they noticed a fire had started.

The driver wasn't able to detach the truck from the trailers as the fire spread.

Echo Rural Fire Department responded to handle the fire. ODOT personnel responded to handle traffic control.

The cause of the fire was not available at this time.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:37:34 PDT <![CDATA[Minor Injury Truck Crash - Highway 126 west of Prineville (Photo)]]>
According to Sergeant Keith Taylor, on October 14, 2014 at approximately 1:51 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with mint root stems driven by J. MONROE DeHAVEN, age 34, from Sandy, was eastbound on Highway 126 near milepost 17. While negotiating a downhill right curve the load shifted and the trailer and truck overturned onto their side, spilling the load and also leading to approximately 50 gallons of diesel spilling onto the highway.

A Prineville police officer witnessed the crash and initiated emergency response from OSP, Crook County Fire & Rescue, ODOT and a HazMat cleanup response team.

DeHAVEN received minor injury. Subsequent to the investigation, he was cited by OSP for Failure to Drive Within Lane.

The highway was mostly blocked over 4 hours with one lane of travel available for traffic.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:29:53 PDT <![CDATA[Injury Rollover Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Boardman (Photo)]]>
On October 12, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant driven by SILVERIO FRIAS MOLINERO, age 77, from Tualatin, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 150. According to witnesses, the car was attempting to pass a commercial truck using the left shoulder when the driver lost control. The car went into the center median where it rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels over 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

Boardman Fire/EMS, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and OSP responded to the scene. FRIAS MOLINERO was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to Boardman where he was transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was later released after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Wes Linhart is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:42:18 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 214 near north end of Silver Falls State Park in Marion County]]>
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of an adult male Monday afternoon. The crash occurred along Highway 214 near the north boundary of Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PATRICK C. HOPE, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling on Highway 214 near milepost 22 behind another motorcyclist when it went off the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle struck a tree and its operator was ejected. The first motorcyclist didn't witness the crash, turned around when he didn't see HOPE and while backtracking he discovered the crash scene.

Emergency responders from Drake Crossing Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance initially responded along with LifeFlight. Before HOPE could be transported by air ambulance, he was pronounced deceased and then taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:05:16 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Names Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Tangent in Linn County (Photo)]]>
On October 13, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon driven by ELLEN L. MARY, age 67, from Albany, was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it crossed the center turn lane and left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup in the right northbound lane.

ELLEN MARY was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Chevrolet pickup's driver, KARENETTA J. ADAMS, age 60, from Sweet Home, was transported initially by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and then taken by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing to gather information to determine the cause of the crash. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time. Senior Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:33:32 PDT <![CDATA[Downed Tree Struck by 4 Vehicles - Highway 22 near Detroit in Marion County (Photo)]]>
According to Senior Trooper Frank Hagen, on October 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., strong winds led to a tree falling onto the highway near milepost 36. The driver of an eastbound pickup safely pulled onto the shoulder after running over the tree. Immediately afterward, a westbound pickup struck the tree and then crashed into an embankment. An eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser and westbound log truck both also struck the tree. The Chrysler then collided nearly head-on with the loaded log truck.

Fire and medical responders from Lyons Rural Fire Protection District and Gates Rural Fire Protection District assisted with traffic control for an hour while ODOT personnel cleared the tree from the road.

Occupant names are not available for this release.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:35:58 PDT <![CDATA[Two Injured in Rollover Crash After Hitting Dead Bear Lying on Road - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo)]]>
On October 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a passenger car driven by BRET CARTWRIGHT, age 25, from Boise, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 235 when he changed from the right lane to left lane due to plastic vehicle parts on the road causing a hazard. Upon changing lanes, the car struck a dead black bear lying in the left lane.

CARTWRIGHT lost control of the vehicle as it rolled into the center median where it came to rest on its top.

CARTWRIGHT was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injury. His 22-year old wife received minor injury and their 1-year old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured. Both were driven to the hospital by an OSP trooper.

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

The vehicle that had previously struck the bear was not at the scene. OSP and ODOT urge drivers involved in a collision with wildlife or other animals to stop and make an effort to check the extent of injury and any damage to your vehicle. If possible and safe to do so, try to get the animal and/or road debris out of the way of approaching traffic. Contact 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch to report the collision and request assistance, if needed.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:46:41 PDT <![CDATA[Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Highway 58 in Klamath County (Photo)]]>
On October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling an unloaded flatbed semi-trailer driven by ROGER MACOMBER, age 69, from Redmond, Oregon, was northbound when MACOMBER tried to make a u-turn on Highway 97 near milepost 191. The trailer became high-centered and was stopped when a 2003 Saturn driven by BRENT CAMPBELL, age 49, from West Richland, Washington, crashed into the trailer and caught fire. Two other vehicles also collided with the truck.

Several citizens removed CAMPBELL from the vehicle. He was seriously injured and transported by Air Link to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Crescent Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT. The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was open.

Enforcement action is pending review of the completed investigation with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:44:41 PDT <![CDATA[Update #3: Second Person Dies - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County]]>
Passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene, reported died Friday, October 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W near milepost 30. Local emergency responders extricated two critically injured people from a Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the offending vehicle, RICHARD ANDREW JACKSON, age 40, from Bloomington, Indiana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicates a 1995 Ford pickup driven by JACKSON was westbound on Highway 126W when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup with two occupants.

The two seriously injured persons from the Chevrolet pickup were identified as driver DEBORAH HOPE, age 56, from Eugene, and passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene. HOPE was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. HENNIGAN was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collision reconstructionist.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:30:07 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W near Veneta in Lane County]]>
On October 10, 2014 approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by JERRY BYRON (J.B.) HOWELL, age 80, from Walton, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 48 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road, crashing into a tree. Local emergency responders including Lane Fire Authority were dispatched and HOWELL was extricated from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and reportedly died about two hours later.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the crash.

No photographs for release.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:42:27 PDT <![CDATA[Wildlife-Involved Collisions Serve as Another Reminder to be Extra Alert for Wildlife on Roads (Photo)]]>
On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette, Idaho, was southbound on Highway 201N near milepost 22 north of Ontario in Malheur County when a deer entered the roadway. MEYERHOFER wasn't able to avoid the deer, striking it with the front of the pickup. The deer broke through the pickup's windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat.

Fortunately there were no passengers in the pickup. MEYERHOFER received glass-related cuts but declined medical transport. A photograph from the incident is provided with this release.

In another incident, two elderly people were transported with injuries after crashing while avoiding a deer on the road in Baker County. On October 9 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Subaru Legacy driven by BEVERLY THOMPSON, age 76, from Richland, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 35 when the driver served to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed the westbound lanes and off the highway where it went up an embankment, striking a tree and rolling down the embankment where it came to rest on its top.

Passenger WILLIAM THOMPSON, age 82, from Richland, was able to get out of the vehicle. His wife was extricated by responding EMS personnel. Both were transported by air ambulance to an unidentified hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:34:00 PDT <![CDATA[Halloween Safety Tips from OSP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children]]>
Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

*Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint - Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags)
* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Link to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips (pdf):
(English) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf
(Spanish) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC153.pdf

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:40:48 PDT <![CDATA[Minor Injury Multi-Vehicle Crash - Interstate 205 north of Stafford Road in West Linn (Photo)]]>
On October 9, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision near milepost 4. The impact pushed one vehicle into the rear of a semi-trailer stopped on the shoulder. Approximately 90 gallons of diesel spilled from a punctured diesel tank on the roadway. One persons reportedly was taken by a private party to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.

All lanes were blocked and traffic was diverted onto the shoulder until all lanes were opened after ODOT and fire personnel cleaned up the spill.

Names of involved drivers are not available for this release. No citations were issued at this time.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:45:27 PDT <![CDATA[Update #2: Suspect Sought in Grant County Arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Office (Photo)]]>
SANDERS was the subject of an extensive search by Grant County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and the OSP SWAT team, after fleeing the Seneca area Wednesday morning as law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired incident during a domestic disturbance at a cabin in Seneca. After law enforcement officers arrived in the area, they heard additional shots. An armed suspect identified as SANDERS, age 41, was seen fleeing in the darkness and is the subject of an ongoing area search. There were no known persons injured.

After re-opening area roads this afternoon following a several hour search, law enforcement personnel remained in the area. Officials believed there was no public safety threat at that time.

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

Questions regarding the case and arrest should be directed to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:35:24 PDT <![CDATA[DUII Driver Facing Charges Following Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 near Cave Junction]]>
On October 7, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by JEFFREY S. LONDINO, age 51, from Cave Junction, was northbound on Highway 199 near milepost 29 when it crossed the centerline as LONDINO lost control. The Toyota slid sideways and its passenger front side collided into the left front side of a southbound 2008 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle driven by SHELLY BURNS, age 38, from Cave Junction.

LONDINO was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later cited by OSP for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

SHELLY BURNS and one of her five passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The name of the injured passenger is not available.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Eric Tholberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District. The highway was closed about 35 minutes.

No photographs available for this release.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:34:34 PDT <![CDATA[Minor Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass (Photo)]]>
On October 7, 2014 at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2010 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with lumber driven by MACEO BOSTON III, age 45, from Grants Pass, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 70 going uphill when the driver lost control. The truck and trailer struck the metal guardrail, damaging several posts and sections of guardrail as it continued off the freeway and down an embankment. The truck and trailer continued several hundred feet before hitting a tree and stopping in a location not visible to passing traffic.

Another commercial truck driver made his way down to the crash scene and extinguished a small fire in the vehicle.

Personnel from Rural/Metro Fire Department and AMR Ambulance responded and helped BOSTON back to the freeway area. He was transported by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with minor injuries.

Approximately 180 gallons of diesel spilled near the wreckage toward Rat Creek. A hazardous materials response team was being dispatched to handle the spill at the request of the trucking company, A&M Transport from Glendale, Oregon.

ODOT is handling incident scene management. OSP Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:36:50 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Victim Name & Suspect Photo Released - Arrest Following Shooting near Merlin in Josephine County (Photo)]]>
On October 6, 2014 at approximately 9:23 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported shooting at 535 Pleasant Valley Road north of Merlin. OSP troopers arrived and secured the scene so fire and medical personnel could approach to treat an adult male found outside the residence suffering a gunshot wound.

The 27-year old male victim identified as JOSHUA MORRISON was taken by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The victim reportedly lives at the residence where the shooting occurred. According to the hospital, he is in stable condition.

Subsequent to the initial investigation, OSP arrested DAVID EDWARD MILLER, age 51, from Merlin. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The victim's girlfriend, HALEY JORDAN KIRBY, age 24, was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice based on an outstanding felony warrant out of Floyd County, Georgia, for Larceny.

No other information is being released at this time.

Miller photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Kirby photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:53:57 PDT <![CDATA[Update #3: Vehicle Photo Added - Citizen's Tip Leads OSP to Arrest Driver Involved in October 4 Critical Injury Hit & Run Crash - Highway 62 in White City (Photo)]]>
On October 6, 2014, OSP received a citizen's tip that led troopers to a White City-area business parking lot where a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup with fresh body damage was parked. The pickup had damage to the right front marker light, right front bumper and passenger side mirror. Troopers identified the vehicle's owner as GEORGE V. PRAUSS, age 34, from White City, and contacted him at his place of employment.

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, OSP arrested PRAUSS and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail for Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

His arrest is related to an incident on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., when an adult male identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41, was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. THOMPSON was found critically injured, lying in the right turn lane in front of the store's entrance. He was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

OSP issued news releases to local media requesting the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver. OSP thanks the media and public's help related to this investigation.

No other information to be released at this time. Additional charge(s) may be pending.

Photographs
Prauss photo - Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Vehicle photo - Oregon State Police

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:22:03 PDT <![CDATA[Commercial Truck Crash Partially Blocking Eastbound Interstate 84 west of Arlington (Photo)]]>
On October 7, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., a 1997 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 126. According to the driver he swerved to miss several deer that were on the road and lost control. The truck and trailer crashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder and overturned, spilling the load onto the shoulder.

The truck and trailer came to rest on the guardrail partially blocking the right eastbound lane. The driver appeared not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a medical evalaluation. His name is not available for this release.

Approximately 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.

No injured or dead deer were found in the area. OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to be alert for wildlife on or near our roads, especially in October and November which are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

Assistance to OSP at the scene provided by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, local emergency responders and ODOT. Trooper Zach Bohince is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:53:20 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Portland Woman Cited in Connection with OSP Investigation of July 2014 Serious Injury Crash - Highway 211 south of Estacada]]>
On October 4, 2014, OSP cited TARA JOYCE, age 20, from Portland, for Dangerous Left Turn. The citation was issued in connection to an investigation into a serious injury traffic crash on July 15, 2014, in which a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by JOHN W. GROENER, age 59, from Beavercreek, was involved in a collision with a passenger car driven by JOYCE that was turning left from Highway 211 toward S. Hayden Road. The motorcycle crashed into the Kia's passenger side, ejecting GROENER from the motorcycle onto the highway.

GROENER was critically injured and transported by AMR ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University. He was wearing a protective helmet.

JOYCE and three passengers were also transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their injuries were non-life threatening.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation. Toxicology test results showed no evidence of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors. Trooper Cameron Bailey was the lead investigator.

Information from the original news release available on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/07_16_2014_seriousinj_hwy211_estacada.aspx

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:26:42 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Asking for Public's Help in Serious Injury Pedestrian-Involved Hit & Run Crash on Beach north of Gearhart]]>
On October 5, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., JALIXAN FATAMAG, age 22, from Astoria, said he was walking on the beach near the Del Ray Beach access road when he was hit by a pickup's driver side rear bumper that was operated recklessly and 'cutting cookies'.

FATAMAG was knocked to the ground and had brief verbal contact with the pickup's male driver before it drove away. FATAMAG was seriously injured and helped by his friends who were at the beach access parking lot and heard him yelling for help.

FATAMAG was transported by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital and then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His injuries were serious but not life threatening.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model 'lifted' white Toyota Tundra pickup with black fenders and tinted windows. The pickup displayed unknown salmon-style Oregon license plates and has a yellow "OREGON" sticker (approximately 3 inch high lettering) in the rear window. There is no further description of the driver.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888. Lead investigator is Trooper Dave Rzewnicki.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:23:10 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Over 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 near Rogue River]]>
On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:59 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1998 Volkswagen displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 45 for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as FRANCISCO ALBERTO BEIZA, age 27, from San Jose, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value is approximately $60,000.

BEIZA was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:51:10 PDT <![CDATA[Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 in Pleasant Hill (Photo)]]>
On October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 at Parkway Road. Shortly after arrival, the male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that happened at an unknown time during the night.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Grand Cherokee driven by JOHNNY GENE DYE, age 52, from Dexter, was southbound on Parkway Road approaching the Highway 58 intersection when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection, across Highway 58 and onto Frontage Road where it rolled off the roadway and down a short embankment.

DYE, who was the lone occupant, was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Pleasant Hill Fire District, Goshen Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. No traffic lanes were closed during the investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:58:29 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Name Released - OSP Seeking Tips to Locate Vehicle & Driver Involved in Critical Injury Hit & Run Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Highway 62 in White City]]>
According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., an adult male later identified as THOMPSON was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. Preliminary investigation indicates THOMPSON was walking in the northbound bike lane located between the right turn lane into the store and the right northbound lane.

THOMPSON was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. His family has been notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are investigating the crash and seeking information to locate the vehicle and driver. Evidence at the scene indicates the involved vehicle sustained damage to a headlight/turn signal assembly, side mirror and possibly windshield or side glass. It is unknown at this time if the damage is to the right or left area of the involved vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111. Trooper Josh Wetzel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 16:28:59 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 20 lbs of Liquid Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)]]>
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:57 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rented 2013 Hyundai Elantra displaying California license plates for a speed violation in a construction zone on Highway 97 near NE Elm Lane in Jefferson County. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as SILVESTRE RIVERA FERNANDEZ, age 25, from South Gate, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover 3 vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle with a substance that was determined to liquid methamphetamine. Total weight of the liquid methamphetamine was approximately 20 pounds, which can later be converted to a solid form of methamphetamine. Estimated value is pending confirmation.

RIVERA FERNANDEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Photograph Sources:
Liquid Methamphetamine - Oregon State Police
Rivera Fernandez - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 10:15:49 PDT <![CDATA[Update #2: Second Person Dies Following 9/24/14 Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)]]>
Previously released information information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and was in critical condition until her death.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:51:13 PDT <![CDATA[Car Fire Briefly Closes Interstate 84 in Pendleton (Photo)]]>
On October 4, 2014 at approximately 1:25 a.m., a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 58-year old female was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 210 when the driver noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Upon pulling onto the shoulder, she got out and opened the hood at which point the engine compartment became engulfed in flames.

Pendleton Fire personnel responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. OSP was also assisted at the scene by Pendleton Police Department during the incident response and road closure.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:33:14 PDT <![CDATA[Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 near Harrisburg (Photo)]]>
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 7:33 p.m., a motorcycle operated by EDDIE R. BATES, age 42, from Coburg, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 206 when it entered the Oak Grove Rest area at approximately 50 mph. The motorcycle struck a curb, ejecting BATES about 75 feet onto the ground.

BATES was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Harrisburg Fire Department, Eugene/Springfield Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Trooper Cale Day is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:15:14 PDT <![CDATA[Two Uninjured After Wildlife-Involved Collision - Interstate 5 south of Creswell (Photo)]]>
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:08:53 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)]]>
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:57:49 PDT <![CDATA[Portland Man Arrested Following Injury Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 138 in Klamath County (Photo)]]>
On October 2, 2014 at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 2014 Hyundai Elantra driven by NICHOLAS J. RAPTIS, age 39, from SW Portland, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 213 when it passed a northbound commercial truck in a posted no passing zone. While finishing the passing maneuver, the Hyundai swerved in front of the truck causing the truck's left front corner to collide with the car's right passenger side.

The truck's driver, TAD YOUNG, age 32, from Silverton, lost control and the truck and semi-trailer overturned onto their side coming to rest blocking the northbound lane. YOUNG and passenger CHRISTOPHER RICH, age 33, from Dallas, were transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. The truck & semi-trailer, loaded with a cargo of assorted paper and plastic goods, were extensively damaged.

The Hyundai also received major damage. RAPTIS was not injured and subsequent to the investigation he was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Reckless Driving and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

OSP troopers from the LaPine office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chemult Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. Senior Trooper Joe Smith is the lead investigator.

The northbound lane was closed about five hours.

Photographs
Scene photos - Oregon State Police
Raptis photo - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:07:19 PDT <![CDATA[Salem Resident Arrested in Stolen Vehicle - Interstate 205 near West Linn (Photo)]]>
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 1:37 a.m., an OSP senior trooper patrolling southbound on Interstate 205 near Stafford Road was following a 1990 Honda Accord. As the trooper checked the vehicle plate and discovered the car was reported stolen to Marion County Sheriff's Office, the car abruptly pulled to the shoulder and stopped. With the help of another trooper, the southbound lanes were briefly closed as they took the driver into custody and detained three passengers.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver, MICHAEL RAY WILLIAMSON, age 19, from Salem, for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. He was also determined to be on probation in Marion County. His probation officer issued a Probation Violation detainer as an added in-custody charge.

One of the passengers, ZACH M. CHRONISTER, age 19, from McMinnville, was cited and released to appear in court of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The other two passengers were not arrested. They were transported to a secondary location and released.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:37:36 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County]]>
On October 2, 2014 at approximately 2:57 p.m., OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders were notified of the discovery of a male lying next to a motorcycle off an embankment along the north side of Highway 38 near milepost 12. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed the male was deceased.

Subsequent investigation indicated the motorcyclist, JOHN JOSEPH AMBROSINI, age 59, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to safely negotiate a right curve and went off the highway, down an embankment about 30 feet and struck a tree. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

The crash scene was discovered by the victim's friends who were checking travel routes after AMBROSINI was reported missing September 26, 2014 to Douglas County Sheriff's Office when he failed to return home from a motorcycle ride.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Bay Cities Ambulance, local fire personnel and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:51:24 PDT <![CDATA[Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo)]]>
According to statistics from ODOT's Crash Analysis & Reporting Section, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise in Oregon. In 2013, ODOT received reports of 1,274 such crashes, similar to the 1,283 crashes reported in 2012 and up from 1,199 reported in 2011. Overall, reports are approximately 24 percent higher than in 2008 (974 reported crashes). Officials believe the numbers are actually higher because most collisions involving wildlife result in property damage only to the involved vehicle and do not get reported to police or DMV.

Between September 27 and October 1, OSP troopers responded to four vehicle-wildlife crashes:

* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:43 a.m., a sport utility driven by a 22-year old woman was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 3 in Grant County when an elk crossed the highway. The driver swerved to miss the elk, lost control and went off the highway where her vehicle collided head-on into a tree. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:48 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 134 in Grant County struck an elk crossing the highway. The injured elk was found in a field off the highway and dispatched due to its injury. The driver wasn't injured.
* On September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m., a passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 191 in Klamath County struck a deer crossing the highway. The vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle's airbags deployed and the driver was uninjured.
* On October 1, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., two women received minor injuries while traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 236 in the Meacham area when their passenger car struck an elk in the traffic lane.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers. Fall weather often encourages motorcycle trips, so these operators should be especially vigilant: just as you continually watch for vehicles entering the roadway, be alert for wildlife, who when startled may even go back across a road they just crossed.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane - and many crashes go unreported.

During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

ODOT produced a 2:30 video on the U.S. 97 undercrossing south of Bend showing elk and deer (and other animals) using the underpass and helping improve safety in a high-incident area. The video is available for viewing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJGRs5KRP8&feature=youtu.be.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:52:15 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Hood River Man Dies After Sept. 12th Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)]]>
OSP was informed that MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River, died October 1, reportedly from injuries related to the crash. PETERS returned back to Hood River for post-hospital care in late September.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by PETERS. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:22:12 PDT <![CDATA[OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Leads to Wildlife Crime-Related Charges for Bandon Man (Photo)]]>
On September 24, 2014, at approximately 9:15 a.m., search warrants were served at three Bandon-area properties. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Coos Bay, Gold Beach and Roseburg offices were assisted by officers from the Bandon Police Department and SCINT detectives.

The investigation revealed that on or about August 29th, 2013, DALE J. GILBERT STONE BARKER, age 32, killed a spike elk while archery hunting in the Floras Creek area of Curry County. About two weeks later, BARKER killed a 7x7 elk while archery hunting in the same area of Floras Creek in Curry County. Both elk were retained by BARKER.

During the search of the properties, items seized related to the investigation included the following:

* One set of spike elk antlers
* Taxidermy mounted 7x7 elk shoulder mount
* Elk meat from 2013 and 2014
* Compound bow
* Two shotguns

Based on the investigation, BARKER was cited by OSP to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for Exceeding the Bag Limit for Big Game - Elk, and in Coos County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of Big Game - Elk and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Over 25 pounds of marijuana and edible marijuana products were also seized. SCINT detectives are referring charges of Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Delivery of Marijuana to the Coos County District Attorney.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:35:56 PDT <![CDATA[Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Unlawful Elk Kill at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Refuge (Photo)]]>
On the morning of September 15, 2014, OSP was notified of a dead 6-pont bull elk at Jewell Meadows Elk Refuge. The elk appears to have been shot with an arrow during the hours of darkness late September 14 or early September 15. OSP Sergeant Joe Warwick said the suspect shot the elk from the area of Beneke Creek Road.

The reward of up to $1000 is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Clatsop County Chapter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sergeant Warwick through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:23:30 PDT <![CDATA[Non-Injury Crash Involving Oversize Load Partially Blocking Highway 22E west of Mill City (Photo)]]>
According to Lieutenant Josh Brooks, on October 1, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a report of a commercial truck crash was received on Highway 22E near milepost 27. A commercial truck transporting a 70,000 pound condenser by Bigge Crane and Rigging Company was traveling downhill when the rear car started to swerve and lost control. The vehicle and load rolled onto its side, blocking the two westbound and center median.

Cranes and additional equipment are enroute to remove the vehicle and load. This is estimated to take 10 - 12 hours. OSP is on scene assisting ODOT with a plane for removal. Flaggers are keeping a lane open to help keep traffic moving through the area.

OSP investigation is continuing.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:47:21 PDT <![CDATA[Superintendent Evans Announces Reassignments Including Next OSP Public Information Officer and Area Commander Positions]]>
Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)

Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.

Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.

Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.

Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.

McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.


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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:46:56 PDT <![CDATA[Update #2: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Shoreview Drive east of Cottage Grove in Lane County]]>
On September 27, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Lane County Sheriff's Office requested OSP's help with a report of a deceased body in the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive near Dorena Lake. OSP assumed the lead in the investigation that indicates a vehicle struck a 39-year old male and didn't remain at the scene. Initially, OSP believed the death was related to a hit-and-run driver and the deceased pedestrian was identified as REUBEN JAMES ORR, age 39, from Eugene. He was wearing dark clothing when found by emergency responders.

On September 28, OSP was contacted by an adult female who said she was driving in the area during the night and thought she ran over a deer lying on the road. The woman is fully cooperating with investigators and has provided investigators access to her vehicle. Her name is not being released at this time.

On September 29, the Lane County Medical Examiner examined the body. The Medical Examiner determined the man was lying on the roadway near the centerline, and was not standing up when struck by a vehicle. Toxicology test results for any relevant evidence that may help in this investigation is pending and could take several weeks to complete.

No other information for release at this time.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:27:26 PDT <![CDATA[Hillsboro Man Arrested After Slow Speed DUII-Involved Elude - Interstate 5 / Interstate 205 (Photo)]]>
On September 28, 2014 at approximately 10:27 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received multiple citizen driving complaints regarding a red 2001 Ford Focus northbound on Interstate 5 approaching Wilsonville. The vehicle reportedly was using multiple traffic lanes, nearly hit other vehicles, and struck construction zone barrels.

At approximately 10:40 p.m., an OSP senior trooper got in behind the Ford Focus and attempted to stop it northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 286. The driver failed to yield and continued northbound onto Interstate 205 at 50 - 60 mph as OSP was joined by Clackamas County deputies and West Linn police moving into strategic locations to assist with spike strip deployment.

At approximately 10:48 p.m., the vehicle took the northbound off-ramp at the 10th Street exit in West Linn where it ran over spike strips and stopped. Law enforcement officers took the car's driver, JESUS HERNANDEZ, age 24, from Hillsboro, into custody. When officers checked the car they found the driver's 5-year old son seated inside.

HERNANDEZ was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* DUII - Alcohol & Controlled Substances
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person

An OSP trooper drove the child to the OSP Portland Area Command office where he was released to a family member.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:21:49 PDT <![CDATA[Update: Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe Near Crater Lake]]>
On September 29, 2014, OSP was contacted by the husband of ANDRIA C. TERRELL, age 51, a traveling nurse currently working in Eugene. According to her husband in Georgia, she was enroute Sunday to Crater Lake in a rented blue 2014 Kia Forte displaying California license 7AXZ944.

Her cellphone activity showed the last known location was Sunday, September 28, about 1:00 p.m. in Douglas County near Canyonville. Her family and friends said they had not heard from her, which is very unusual, and they weren't able to contact her cellphone.

OSP troopers and Douglas County Sheriff's Office checked area roads. An attempt to locate was sent to other Oregon law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for her and the vehicle.

Photograph links removed.

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Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:56:14 PDT <![CDATA[Correction to Latest Updates: Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 between Bend & Redmond (Photo)]]>
Also, OSP is asking to speak with any witnesses to the driving of the involved white 1997 Chevrolet Suburban between Bend and the crash scene. Any witnesses with pertinent information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Messages will be forwarded to Trooper Gary Thompson for a return call. Thank you.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that has resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl, injuries to four other juvenile females, and the arrest of the vehicle's driver on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. The names of the deceased victim and other injured girls are released in this update.

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:17 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle rollover crash involving a northbound vehicle. Upon arrival, Redmond Fire & Rescue and DCSO deputies confirmed one fatality and others injured. An air ambulance and ground ambulance were dispatched to the scene to transport injured persons to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by WILLIAM WAYNE FIX, age 32, from Redmond, was traveling northbound in a reckless manner when FIX lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a rock embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its side.

Passenger PHOENIX MARIE PRICE, age 7, from Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is reportedly the driver's stepdaughter.

Three juvenile females, two age 14 and one age 10, were critically or seriously injured. NAOMI SPANSEL, age 14, and OLIVIA JEANES, age 10, both from Redmond, were critically injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SPANSEL was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. JEANES was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl, VALON FIX, age 14, from Redmond, was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.

A fourth girl, IZZABELLA ROBBINS, age 7, from Redmond, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with minor injuries.

WILLIAM FIX was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of his injuries. After he was released from the hospital, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are leading the investigation. Safety restraint use by all occupants is pending confirmation. No other information to be released at this time.

The highway was fully closed until one lane was open for both directions about 9:00 p.m.

Scene photograph - Oregon State Police
FIX photograph - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:10:58 PDT <![CDATA[Truck Fire - Interstate 84 east of The Dalles (Photo)]]>
According to Trooper Matt Zistel, on September 27, 2014 at approximately 11:35 a.m., a commercial truck pulled to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 90 after noting a problem with the semi-trailer. After stopping a fire started near one of the tires. The driver disconnected the truck from the trailer as the fire was spreading.

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to extinguish the fire along with OSP and ODOT. One lane was open for traffic about 12:40 p.m.

Intermittent lane closures were expected this afternoon while ODOT coordinates scene clearance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:58:33 PDT <![CDATA[Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W / Highway 126 Junction on Santiam Pass]]>
On September 25, 2014 at approximately 3:52 p.m., a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by CLIFFORD LEROY MURR, age 76, from Junction City, was eastbound on Highway 20W at the Highway 126 junction. For an unconfirmed reason, the pickup traveled off the highway approaching Highway 20. The pickup went airborne before crashing into lava rocks, entrapping the critically injured driver.

Emergency responders extricated MURR and he was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. According to the hospital, he is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Aaron Roth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:11:17 PDT <![CDATA[Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in Umatilla County (Photo)]]>
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on September 25, 2014 at approximately 5:06 a.m., a Umatilla Tribal police officer drove upon an unreported single vehicle crash spotted in the darkness about 20 feet off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 223. The police officer confirmed there was an unresponsive adult male inside the extensively damaged 1990 Ford F250 pickup that was on its side at the base of a rock embankment.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the driver, GREG ALLEN WHITE, age 29, from Pendleton, was deceased. He was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. The actual time of the crash has not been determined. The westbound and eastbound lanes at this section of Interstate 84 are about a half mile apart. Senior Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator.

The left eastbound lane was closed at the scene during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:46:08 PDT <![CDATA[Correction to Update: Driver Cited in Connection with September 19 Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 131 Between Netarts & Tillamook]]>
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a September 19, 2014, fatal crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook led to the offending driver being cited for non-criminal offenses.

On September 25, 2014, OSP cited FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside for Careless Driving (Contributed to the Serious Injury or Death of a Vulnerable User of a Public Way) and violation Driving While Suspended. He was issued a date to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court. OSP conferred with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office prior to taking enforcement action. No criminal charges are pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by BOHANNON. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he died September 22. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are completing the investigation. Previously released details and links to a photograph are on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_22_2014_delayedfatal_bike_hwy131_mp5.aspx

Careless Driving when contributing to a traffic crash is a Class A traffic violation. According to ORS 811.135, if the court determines that the commission of the offense contributed to the serious injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way, the court shall impose enhanced penalties. More information about those enhanced penalties at http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Oregon%20Vulnerable%20User%20Law.pdf

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:14:56 PDT <![CDATA[Driver Cited After Non-Injury Crash Involving Van and 2 Commercial Trucks - Highway 26 at Government Camp (Photo)]]>
On September 25, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., a van driven by DEVIN JOHNSON, age 26, from Welches, was stopped on Government Camp Loop Road waiting to turn left (eastbound) onto Highway 26 as a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer was also stopped eastbound to turn left into the Government Camp rest area. As the van pulled into the westbound lane, it turned in front of a westbound commercial truck. The truck's driver swerved to the left clipping the front of the van and then slid broadside, colliding into the front of the east-facing stopped truck.

The collision blocked most of Highway 26 for over 3 hours before the road was cleared. The westbound lane and Government Camp Loop Road were used to move traffic around the scene.

OSP investigation resulted in JOHNSON being cited for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hoodland Fire District and ODOT.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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