Oregon State Medical Examiner Releases Preliminary Death Related to Recent Heat Wave

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Oregon State Medical Examiner Releases Preliminary Death Related to Recent Heat Wave06/30/21

As of June 30, 2021 the State Medical Examiner’s Office has received report of 63 deaths that preliminary investigation suggests may be associated with the Pacific Northwest heatwave. 

This number may change in either direction as more information or reports are received from each County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Again, these are preliminary numbers as some investigations are still in progress and final causes of death have not yet been determined.

The following is the current breakdown by county of heat related deaths.

Multnomah – 45

Marion – 9

Washington – 5

Clackamas – 2

Columbia – 1

Umatilla -1

No further information is available for release at this time.

Updated NCMEC 3-D digital composite image created in 2021

Updated NCMEC 3-D digital composite image created in 2021

Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office Assists Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in identifying the oldest unidentified human remains case in Oregon06/30/21

On July 11, 1963, the concealed body of a fully-dressed decomposed male toddler was discovered by a fisherman in the water of Keen County Reservoir along Highway 66, southeast of Ashland, Oregon in Jackson County. The child’s body was dressed in high-quality clothing, consisting of a red long-sleeve shirt, gray corduroy pants, a cloth diaper with blue diaper pins, anklet socks, and white walker “Jumping Jack” brand shoes.  He was also wrapped in a blue-colored blanket and a handmade patchwork quilt with red gingham squares.  Two iron assayer’s molds were wrapped in the quilt in an apparent attempt to weigh the toddler down in the water.  Despite exhaustive investigative efforts, the child was not identified, and authorities interred his body at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Medford, Oregon on July 24, 1963.  The young boy’s identity has remained a mystery since that evening. Until now.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) took over the case in 1963, and through the ensuing 58 years more than 23 JCSO Sheriff’s, detectives, and deputies worked the case with assistance from Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The case went cold and the files were archived for nearly 45 years. In 2007, JCSO Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan and special investigator Jim Tattersal re-opened the Keene Creek toddler case. In August 2008, the tiny body was exhumed from his resting place at Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery and a DNA sample was collected.

In 2009-2010, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offered their services to Jackson County investigators and created a composite image to produce possible investigative leads.

See image: NCMEC 3-D digital composite image created in 2009

In addition, the University of North Texas-Center for Human Identification (UNT-CHI) extracted a DNA profile from the remains, and the profile was uploaded into the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) at that time.  Unfortunately, no genetic associations to missing persons or family reference standards in the CODIS database were established.

In 2018, the Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office was awarded an NIJ grant to perform innovative DNA techniques on unsolved unidentified skeletal remains cases.  This cold case was recognized as one that could potentially be resolved by DNA Phenotyping and Investigative Genetic Genealogy provided by OSP’s vendor lab,  Parabon Nanolabs.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Christian Adams, working alongside retired Jackson County Death Investigator Tim Pike and OSP’s State Forensic Anthropologist and Human Identification Program Coordinator Dr. Nici Vance, submitted the biological sample of the unidentified child to Parabon Nanolabs to generate investigative leads through DNA Phenotyping and Genetic Genealogy.

In October 2020 a DNA profile suitable for comparison to genealogy databases was successfully extracted.

The first Parabon Nanolabs report to be completed was a DNA Phenotyping Report, where genetic material was used to determine eye color, hair color, skin color, and the ancestry of the deceased. The report predicted this child was of Northern European descent, with very fair skin, brown eyes, and brown to light blonde hair.  This information was immediately used by NCMEC to revise their previous composite image so that an updated image could be used by law enforcement.       

See image: Updated NCMEC 3-D digital composite image created in 2021

The subsequent investigative genetic genealogy report provided an abundance of compelling information and the strongest investigative lead in the now 58-year-old cold case.

CeCe Moore, Chief Genetic Genealogist with Parabon Nanolabs, searched the open-source DNA database GEDmatch and several relatives to the unidentified boy were found.  Searching their family trees eventually led to the immediate family members of the boy who then provided information regarding his identity.

An interview with a possible relative revealed that as a child, he had a young sibling named “Stevie” with disabilities born in New Mexico, who lived in Oregon in the early 1960s but mysteriously vanished from the family with little explanation.  One challenging factor for detectives following the lead was that New Mexico’s vital records (such as birth and death notices) are not publicly available.  Records of any children named “Stevie” or “Steven” born in late 1960 or early 1961 to the mother, identified through genetic genealogy, were requested.  The New Mexico records department discovered a birth certificate for “Steven Alexander Crawford”, born October 2, 1960, to the listed mother (not named here for privacy purposes) in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  This was proof that a 2-year-old child named Stevie existed.  After 58 years the Keene Creek baby Doe had a possible name: Steven “Stevie” Crawford.

Genetic testing and comparison to known relatives was the last piece in this complicated identification puzzle.  The family member allowed an oral swab to be collected for Kinship Inference testing. Kinship testing provides highly accurate inferences about the familial relationship between two people based on their DNA, even if they are distantly related. If accurate, this individual should share both autosomal DNA and X-chromosome DNA with the deceased child (since males only inherit their X-DNA from their mothers).

The Kinship Inference report was definitive; it stated that the deceased boy and the DNA donor shared 2052.3 centimorgans [1] of autosomal DNA (atDNA) plus 169.7centimorgans of X-Chromosome DNA (X-DNA).  This amount of shared DNA is most consistent with a second-degree relationship (92% probability) which includes half-siblings.  The genetic evidence, with a high degree of statistical accuracy, corroborated the abundant circumstantial evidence provided by Parabon Nanolabs and the genetic genealogy report that the living relative was, in fact, the half-brother of the little boy now named Stevie Crawford.

Based on the totality of the evidence (both genetic and circumstantial), Jackson County Sheriff’s Office notified the next-of-kin and will plan on working to release Stevie Crawford to his family. This case represents a remarkable amount of persistence and inter-agency collaboration throughout 3 generations of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Jackson County medico-legal Death Investigators, Oregon State Police, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI, DNA Labs International, and Parabon Nanolabs. The National Institute of Justice grant awarded to Dr. Nici Vance and the OSME’s Office has given us the powerful ability to assist all Oregon agencies, big and small, with the resolution of their cold case mysteries.

Contacts:

Christian Adams, JCSO deputy Medical Examiner detective – contact JCSO PIO, Aaron Lewis [email protected]

Dr. Nici Vance, State Forensic Anthropologist, and OSP Human Identification Program Coordinator, [email protected]

CeCe Moore, Chief Genetic Genealogist, Parabon NanoLabs, [email protected]

Tim Pike, JCSO Detective (retired)

Colin Fagan, JCSO Sgt. Detective (retired)

Jim Tattersal, JCSO Special Investigator (retired)


[1] A centimorgan is a unit used to measure genetic linkage.  One centimorgan translates to approximately one million base pairs of DNA sequence in the human genome.  The higher the number of centimorgans, the closer the relatedness the oral swab donor is to the deceased subject.

Oregon State Police is taking part in Operation Dry Water to Deter Boating Under the Influence (BUI)06/29/21

As boaters look forward to the 4th of July holiday, thousands of law enforcement officers across the United States will be on heightened alert looking for those violating boating under the influence (BUI) laws. 

From July 2 – 4, 2021, the Oregon State Police along with our Law Enforcement partners throughout Oregon, the Oregon State Marine Board, and the U.S Coast Guard in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), will be participating in the national Operation Dry Water campaign.  Oregon Law enforcement agencies will be focusing on preventing incidents related to impaired boating and educating boaters about safe boating practices, including sober boating. 

Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths according to the U.S. Coast Guard 2019 annual report. Over the course of the July 4th holiday, The Oregon State Police will be working to increase public awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for both operators and passengers.

“Boating under the influence continues to be a problem on our waterways. Each year we are faced with incidents and tragedies that could have been avoided if it weren’t for the presence of drugs or alcohol,” says Lt. Ryan Howell. As a part of the community ourselves, we want to ensure that recreational boaters, paddlers, and anyone enjoying our waterways have a safe place to spend their time. That is why the Oregon State Police is joining hundreds of agencies nationwide to do our part in keeping boaters safe and preventing incidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence.”

Operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries, death, and legal consequences. In Oregon, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. The Oregon State Police reminds boaters to always boat sober and to wear a life jacket when on or around the water. 

To learn more about Operation Dry Water visit operationdrywater.org  for more information about boating under the influence.

Participating Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies:

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Benton County Sheriff’s Office

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Klamath County Sheriff’s Office

Lane County Sheriff’s Office

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Linn County Sheriff’s Office

Malheur County Sheriff Office

Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Oregon State Police

Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

Washington County Sheriff

Other Agency Partners:

USCG Sector Columbia River

USCG Sector North Bend

USCG Station Chetco River

USCG Station Coos Bay

USCG Station Portland

USCG Station Tillamook Bay

USCG Station Umpqua River

SCG Station Yaquina Bay

OSP Joins Tri-State Effort Keeping Motorists On I-5 Safe over the 4th of July Holiday Weekend06/29/21

State patrol agencies in Oregon, California, and Washington are partnering for a traffic safety campaign focused on speeding drivers aptly named, “I-5 Alive” starting July 2.  This coordinated education and enforcement effort is aimed at making the 1,381 miles of I-5 safer for all summer travelers.

In addition to a social media campaign, Troopers of the Oregon State Police (OSP), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be especially watchful for traffic violations that often lead to tragedy on our highways.  Speed & distracted driving top the list, along with driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol and failing to use safety belts and child safety seats. 

“Speeding continues to be one of the highest contributing factors to serious injury crashes and fatalities,” stated OSP Superintendent Terri Davie.  “Speeding tickets are easily the most common ticket issued; however, it isn’t the goal of law enforcement.  The goal of speed enforcement is to potentially save your life and the lives of the others.”

“Driving responsibly and at a reasonable speed is the best way to help ensure you and your passengers will arrive at your destination safely,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said.  “We know people are eager to get out and travel, but reckless driving will not get you there sooner – it will just create dangerous conditions for you and everyone else on the road.”

“Summer holidays should be a time of fun and family, not sorrow and tragedy,” Chief John R. Batiste of the WSP said.  “We ask everyone driving the I-5 corridor to slow down, pay attention, drive sober, and buckle up.  When it comes to safe highways, we are truly all in this together.”   

Five simple strategies for drivers to help make I-5 safer for everyone:

•            Slow down

•            Drive sober

•            Be patient

•            Put your phone down

•            Buckle up

Each state agency will use its best strategies to provide additional enforcement presence during this busy 4th of July weekend, including the use of existing grant funding and shifting resources already on the road over to the I-5 corridor. 

The Oregon State Police wants all drivers to get to their final destination safely.  We think that working together, we can.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 199 – Josephine County06/29/21

On Monday, June 28, 2021 at approximately  8:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near mile post 41.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Highlander, operated by Ariana Alvarez-Perez (24) of Crescent City, CA, was southbound when an ATV/4-Wheeler entered the highway from a side dirt road.  The Highlander and the ATV collided.  

The operator of the ATV sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

Alvarez-Perez and the passengers in the Highlander were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire District, California Highway Patrol, and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 212 – Clackamas County06/29/21

On Monday, June 28, 2021 at approximately 6:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 212 near For Mor Court. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Explorer was westbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.

The operator sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 58 – Lane County06/28/21

On Sunday, June 27, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 58 near milepost 55.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Freightliner semi-truck, operated by Joe Wright (57) of Silverton, was eastbound when it left the roadway and went down an embankment.

Wright sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire and Medics, Lane County Search and Rescue, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 234 – Jackson County06/26/21

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, at approximately 6:11 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 234 near Tresham Lane.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet pickup, operated by John Larson (37) of Medford, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Ford pickup operated by Ariel Sanchez-Hernandez (22) Gold Hill.

Larson and Sanchez-Hernandez were transported to Rogue Regency Medical Center.

Passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, Monte Yates (56) Shady Cove, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 234 was closed with a detour in place for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Jackson County Fire, and Mercy Flights.

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The Oregon State Medical Examiner has published the 2020 Oregon Wildfire Mobile Morgue Operations: Lessons Learned and Preparation for Future Mass Fatality Response report06/25/21

The Oregon State Medical Examiner has published the 2020 Oregon Wildfire Mobile Morgue Operations: Lessons Learned and Preparation for Future Mass Fatality Response report. – view full report https://bit.ly/3jhv12G

This document details the mobile morgue operations and State Medical Examiner’s response to the wildfires in September 2020. It outlines the successes, challenges, and lessons learned in fatality management during this incident. It also highlights the amazing partnerships at the federal, local, and state level as well as the countless volunteers that allowed for uninterrupted operations.

On September 7, 2020, a series of high-wind events and dry conditions triggered the spread of multiple fires across the state of Oregon. By the morning of September 8th, the Holiday Farm, Beachie Creek, Lionshead, S. Obenchain, and Almeda fires were burning out of control in Lane, Linn, Marion, and Jackson counties. The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner Division began preparation for a mass fatality event. Initial estimates projected upwards of 200 deaths. In the end, the total number of deaths related to the wildfires was confirmed at 9. The primary purpose of setting up the Mobile Morgue was to identify decedents and reunite them with their families as soon as possible. The Medical Examiner’s Office describes a Mobile Morgue as more than a place to temporarily store decedents, as it was set up and used to perform complete medical examiner autopsy services.

This report details the Medical Examiner’s Office response and deployment of the Mobile Morgue Unit from September 8-22, 2020.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Curry County06/24/21

On Thursday, June 24, 2021 at approximately 11:30 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 339.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, operated by James Rice (29) of Brookings, was northbound when it struck a, also northbound, Infiniti QX60, operated by Brecken Watterson (43) of Cedar Park, TX. The Infiniti was turning left into a viewpoint.

Rice sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Watterson and 4 juvenile passengers were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach Police Department, Gold Beach Fire Department, Pistol River Fire Department, and ODOT

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The Oregon State Police Joins Forces To Put the Brakes on Excessive Speeding (Photo)06/23/21

Drivers stayed off the roads in droves during the pandemic. Unfortunately, those who did drive were the cause of a steep rise in roadway deaths, with the excess speed at the heart of many crashes. The Western States Traffic Safety Coalition (WSTSC) members came together to show commitment and emphasis on meaningful public education about the dangers of risky driving behaviors, especially excessive speeding. The WSTSC Coalition includes the following members from Arizona Department of Public Safety, California Highway Patrol, Colorado State Patrol, Idaho State Police, Montana Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol, North Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Utah Highway Patrol, Washington State Patrol, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and #YourOregonStatePolice.

Excess speed is a major factor contributing to serious injury and fatal crashes for drivers of all ages, along with speeding-related vehicle rollovers. As the nation opens up, summer vacations begin and more people hit the roads, law enforcement will be proactive in helping bring speeds and subsequent crashes down. 

Excessive speed has a devastating impact on the safety of life for those traveling on our highways. To help address this issue, the WSTSC will be conducting an Excessive Speed Enforcement Safety Campaign this June 25 – 27, 2021. Assertive traffic law enforcement activity with a targeted public safety focus is the purpose of the WSTSC partnership and this campaign. The WSTSC encourages everyone to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely to avoid feeling the need to speed.

The WSTSC hopes you choose to join us in achieving the goal of zero deaths due to excessive speeds, especially over the #FourthofJuly holiday.

#SlowYourRoll #WSTSC #HighwaySafety

Attached Media Files: WSTSC

UPDATE – Name Released – Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County06/22/21

The operator is being identified as Roberto Martinez (22) of Salem.

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On Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at approximately 1:23 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99E near milepost 39.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Focus was southbound when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence and struck an unoccupied truck.

The operator sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and Medics and ODOT.

Case Number Correction – Oregon State Police is Requesting Public’s Assistance with Homicide Investigation – Coos County06/22/21

On Friday, June 18, 2021 Oregon State Police assisted numerous agencies with the investigation of multiple homicides that occurred in Coos County.

The suspect, Oen Nicholson,  traveled to Hwy 126, near Noti, in Lane County where the vehicle Nicholson was driving was ditched.  It is believed that Nicholson obtained a ride from someone in the Noti area to Springfield where Laura Johnson was abducted and taken to Wisconsin.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with information or that might have given Nicholson a ride from Noti to Springfield to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information regarding OSP Case # SP21-168713.

UPDATE – Shooting Investigation – Marion County06/22/21

The victim of the gunshot is being identified as Jerry Regis (28) of Salem. 

OSP is requesting anyone with any information regarding yesterday’s shooting to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Detective Yoder.

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On Monday, June 21, 2021 at approximately 2:45P.M., Oregon State Police, Salem Police Department and emergency personnel responded to a person with a gunshot near the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp.

The victim has been transported to the hospital.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 5’5 with a shaved or almost shaved head, mustache, wearing khaki pants and khaki shirt.  Last seen headed south armed with a firearm.  If you see anyone matching this description please call 911.

Investigation is continuing – Law Enforcement is still active please avoid the area.

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Another Traffic Stop Leads to Drugs Off the Streets- Klamath County06/22/21

On June 19, 2021, at approximately 7:16 P.M. an OSP Trooper from the Klamath Falls Area Command stopped a vehicle for failure to drive within its lane on U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 264.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 55.1 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 2.2 pounds of cocaine, and approximately 1,027 grams of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Daniel Ponce Gonzalez (36) from Yakima, Washington, and the passenger was identified as Benjamin Madrigal Birrueta (20) from Madera, California.  Mr. Ponce Gonzalez and Mr. Madrigal Birrueta were lodged at the Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Cocaine, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Forged Instrument. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Medford Offices of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 – Hood River County06/21/21

On Sunday, June 20, 2021 at approximately 11:47 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near mile post 67.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Impreza, operated by Enrique Sosa (21) from Mosier,  was westbound when it crashed through a guardrail, went down an embankment and stopped in the Columbia River.

Sosa and the juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River Fire and Rescue, Skamania County Dive Team, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 140W – Klamath County06/21/21

On June 20, 2021 at approximately 7:35 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 140W near milepost 43.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by David Erickson (70) of Klamath Falls, was eastbound when it went off the roadway and crashed.

Erickson was transported by air ambulance to the hospital where they were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Point Fire & Medical, and the USFS

Fatal Crash on Hwy 140W – Klamath County06/19/21

On Friday, June 18, 2021 at approximately 11:00 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 140W near milepost 60.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Legacy, operated by Donna Palmer (65) of Klamath Falls, was eastbound when it went off the roadway and rolled down an embankment.

Palmer was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced deceased.

Passenger, Gerald Berton (66) of Klamath Falls, was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center. 

OSP was assisted by Klamath Fire District 1 and ODOT.

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Marion County06/17/21

Further investigation reveals that Jeri Sherrod was likely hit by one or more vehicles that did not stop.  Cagle stopped at the scene and cooperated.

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding this crash or that may have hit something in the road to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command at 1-800-442-0776 refer to SP 21-164706 – Trooper Justin Lane.  

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On Thursday, June 17, 2021 at approximately 1:06 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Interstate 5 near milepost 267.  

Preliminary investigating revealed a pedestrian, Jeri Sherrod (63) of Salem, was in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 when they were struck by a Peterbilt semi-truck operated by Donald Cagle (57) of Lebanon. 

Dispatch centers had received numerous calls from motorists regarding a person in the northbound lanes before the collision. 

Sherrod sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire Department and ODOT. 

I-5 northbound was shutdown for approximately five hours.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20E – Deschutes County06/17/21

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at approximately 9:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20E near mile post 57.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Durango, operated by Adolfo Ramirez (30) of Ontario, was westbound and crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Kyle Knudtson (43) of Reardon, WA.

Ramirez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Knudtson received minor injuries and was not transported.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Deschutes County Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 39 – Klamath County06/16/21

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at approximately 8:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 39 near milepost 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevy Spark, operated by a juvenile, was northbound when it crossed in the southbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Jim Hadd (53) of Klamath Falls.

The juvenile was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital where they were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Merrill Fire Department and ODOT.

Shooting Investigation – Lake County06/16/21

On Monday, June 7, 2021 at approximately 10:35 P.M., Lake County 911 received a call advising Lawrence Mann (46) from Lakeview had been shot. 

Mann was treated on scene by initial responding Lake County Deputies and transported by ambulance to the hospital and later transported to St. Charles in Bend.   

Investigation revealed that Wade Alvis (48) from Alturas, CA. was the suspect.  

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 Oregon State Police Troopers and Lake County Deputies located Alvis in Lakeview.  Alvis was arrested and lodged at the Lake County Jail.   

Alvis was charged with Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Harney County06/10/21

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at approximately 3:55 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near mile post 152.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forester, operated by Lillie Gray (66) of Dallas, was westbound when it moved into the eastbound lane to pass 2 motorcycles and collided with a eastbound Dodge Van operated by Rollie Brubaker (64) of Oceanside, CA. 

Gray sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Brubaker and passenger, Maria Brubaker (56) of Oceanside, CA, were transported to Harney District Hospital.

One of the motorcyclists, Neil Postal (22) of Burns, was unable to avoid the crash and was transported to Harney District Hospital.

A fourth vehicle sustained minor damage when it drove off the road and struck a highway sign to avoid the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Burns Fire Department, Harney District Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 27 – Crook County06/10/21

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at approximately 8:10 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 27 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Spectra, operated by Clayton Gray (19) of Halfway, was northbound when it crossed the southbound lane, left the roadway, and rolled.

Gray sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

A juvenile passenger was transported by Airlink to St. Charles Hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Crook County Fire Department, and ODOT

Fatal Crash on Hwy 51 – Polk County06/10/21

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at approximately 11:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 51 near mile post 3.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Trax, operated by Richard Davis (74) of Independence, was southbound when it left the roadway and rolled. 

Davis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Fire and Medics, and ODOT.

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Hwy 126E – Lane County06/09/21

The operator is being identified as Staci Jackson (56) of Eugene.

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On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at approximately 11:48 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 126E near milepost 17.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Escort was westbound when it left the roadway and struck a power pole.

The operator was transported to Riverbend Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.  The name of the operator will be released when appropriate.

OSP was assisted by Emergency Medical Services and ODOT 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 199 – Josephine County06/08/21

On Monday, June 7, 2021 at approximately 2:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near mile post 25.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Caravan, operated by Ronald Johnson (73) of Cave Junction, was southbound when it hit the back of a Nissan Frontier, operated by Brandi Millen (39) of Kerby, which was stopped to turn left into a private driveway.  

Johnson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased while being transported by ambulance. 

Millen was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire District and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County06/04/21

On Thursday, June 3, 2021 at approximately 5:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near milepost 28.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Taurus, operated by Adam Sherman (47) of Roseburg, was westbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.

Sherman sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

A juvenile passenger was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, and ODOT

Fatal Crash on I-84 – Umatilla County06/03/21

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at approximately 3:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 206.

Preliminary investigation indicates a Dodge Ram pickup pulling a travel trailer, operated by Kurt Hitchen (48) of Pendleton, was eastbound when the trailer began to sway causing both vehicles to roll.  

Hitchen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Passenger Melissa Hagen (38) of Pendleton was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the, Pendleton Fire Department, Echo Fire Department, and ODOT.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

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