Juveniles Critically Injured in Roll-Over Crash in Grants Pass


Five juvenile passengers injured when driver struck a tree. Three of the juveniles, along with the driver, were critically injured.

On Sunday, August 16, 2015, at approximately 12:00 AM, a 1999 Isuzu SUV operated by Breanna WHITE (age 22) from Grants Pass was eastbound on Gunnell Rd. near milepost 1. WHITE’s vehicle drifted off of the right-shoulder, over corrected, rolled several times, struck a tree and came to rest on its top on the eastbound shoulder. As a result of the crash, at least two (2) of the five (5) juvenile passengers were ejected from the vehicle and one (1) was extricated.

Gunnell Rd crash
Photo: OSP

Three (3) of the juvenile passengers were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Medford, Oregon, with critical injuries. The driver, WHITE, was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, Oregon, with critical injuries. The remaining two (2) juvenile passengers were transported to TRCH as well. All passengers are from the Grants Pass area. It is unknown if seat-belts were in use at the time of the crash.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. The Oregon State Police were assisted by, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Rural Metro Fire, American Medical Response, Grants Pass Fire, Rogue River Fire, Mercy Flights and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety-chaplain service.

Fatal Hwy. 38 Crash Claims Drain Woman’s Life


Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 38 near milepost 49 in Douglas County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that around 2 p.m., on April 11, friends of ARAMINTA GRIMES, legal name  ELIZABETH A. CLOSS, 18, of Drain, with whom she had been staying, reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office that she was missing/overdue. Deputies located her cell phone

 Elizabeth Araminta Grimes (Closs)
Araminta Grimes (Closs)

signal, and friends assisting in the search drove to the area to which her phone was tracked. Shortly thereafter family/friends discovered tire tracks leading off the roadway down a steep embankment where they located the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday April 12.

According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, the involved vehicle was a maroon, 1992 Toyota Corolla, which had gone over the steep bank about 40 feet and crashed into a tree. According to family members CLOSS was wearing a seatbelt. Family/friends removed her seatbelt in an attempt to give medical attention.

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Photo Credit: OSP

Article will be updated when a memorial fund is set up.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with the vehicle’s removal and roadway closure.

Charges to be Filed in Crash

3-28 PICOAKRIDGE, Ore. — Oregon State Police say on March 28 at 10:26 a.m., troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on Highway 58 near milepost 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord traveling westbound crossed over into the eastbound lane, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. The gold Honda went down an embankment.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was driven by 73-year-old Charles Kuykendall, accompanied by 74-year-old passenger Patricia Kuykendall, both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was driven by 36-year-old Billyroy Durham, accompanied by 38-year-old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. They were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

One lane of Highway 58 was closed for about 2 hours.

As a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.

Boarder Hit by Car Takes First Steps

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The family of a skateboarder hit by a car this week in Springfield is now talking about the ordeal.

The family says it’s been a tough few days but Cody Nute did take his first steps Thursday.

After undergoing brain surgery Cody’s family says he has a long road to recovery but it could’ve been a lot worse.

Police lights lined the block of 15th and Q Street just moments after a car hit Dwayne Nute’s son.

“It was just an emotional disaster really,” said Dwayne Nute.

Dwayne says his 17-year-old son Cody was skateboarding when he was hit by a car Tuesday night.

This is one of several pedestrian versus car accidents in the past few weeks, raising concerns over pedestrian safety and the rules of the road.

Springfield Police say a call came in of two 17-year-olds hit at the corner of 15th and Q Street and that they were not on the sidewalk.

Now Cody is confined to a hospital bed — with a broken back, pelvis, leg and multiple other injuries.

“I was like standing at his bed just waiting for him to wake up, just holding his hand waiting for him to wake up,” said Kari Nute, Cody’s sister.

“He has short term memory loss. Every time he wakes up we have to remind him what happened. That’s kind of a bummer it’s like watching him get hit all over again,” said Dwayne Nute.

While Cody remains in the intensive care unit — his dad says he is able to speak and he took his first steps Thursday.

“For him to want to do it and get up and actually do it on his own you know it’s got to be a positive note,” said Dwayne.

But it’s still a long road to recovery for Cody and the Nute family.

Springfield Police say the driver is not facing any charges at this point but the investigation is ongoing.

Sewage Spills Onto Roadway

hazmatNEAR COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Hazmat crews cleaned up a spill after a sanitation truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of sewage tipped over, spilling sewage and supplies on the roadway.

The truck’s driver was rushed to the hospital, after he crashed on Row River Road, near Sears Road outside of Cottage Grove.

South Lane Fire and Rescue crews responded to the crash.  Chief John Wooten says he immediately contacted the city of Cottage Grove and hazmat because the spill was so close to the Row River, the main water supply for Cottage Grove.

“Right now we’re assessing the situation, helping a plan to start the cleanup. It does not appear based on the product that was in the truck that there’s a threat to the waterway, or anybody’s drinking water. So, this appears to be a pretty easy cleanup at this point,” said Wooten.

People living near the crash scene say they think a lot of people speed through the curve and don’t realize how fast they’re going.

‘We’ve seen a dozen wrecks on the curve on this road. Road’s mostly straight on both sides of this, but when it comes to this back to back curve in the road, people get a little incompliant and don’t know well, I can make that,” said Don Burke.

Investigators say the road was shut down for hours as they cleaned up and worked to figure out why the truck tipped over.

Fatal Crash on Highway 58

Police-Lights-345x260Pleasant Hill, Ore. – State Police are asking drivers to avoid Highway 58 at milepost 5 while troopers investigate a fatal crash. Authorities say the road is blocked and drivers trying to get through should expect lengthy delays.

Tune into KEZI 9 News at 11 for the latest information.

Fatal Traffic Crash Hwy. 26


Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal traffic crash on highway 26 near milepost 44.5 in Washington County.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 9:30 a.m., a silver 2010 Toyota Camry was eastbound on highway 26 when for an undetermined reason it veered off the roadway and into a tree. The driver and front right passenger were transported via air ambulance to OHSU with serious injuries. The right rear passenger, identified as TERRY L. HIDY, 56, of Seaside, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Photo credit: OSP

Both lanes of travel were blocked during while the air ambulance landed. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has arrived at the site and reopened one lane of traffic with flaggers.

OSP is being assisted by ODOT, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Banks and Forest Grove Fire Departments.

SUV Crashes Into Walgreens

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A close call at a Springfield Walgreens when a car came crashing through its front doors Tuesday night.2-17 walgreens crash

The front doors were mashed and mangled and one of them was several feet inside the store at the intersection of Mohawk Boulevard and Centennial Boulevard.

Police say the driver, 52-year-old Mark Hiatt said he was turning in the parking lot when his foot slipped and hit the gas.

No one was hurt, but the impact left many, including the passenger in the car shaken.

“I really thought the store was moving. I did for a split second I thought the store was coming at us. And I’m very thankful, thank God there was nobody standing there that could’ve been really hurt,” said Shari Hiatt, passenger.

There were several people standing just inside the doors, but again, no one was hurt.

Police say Hiatt was driving on a suspended license.

The store was closed Tuesday night for repairs.

Police Investigate Fatal Crash

Police-LightsCOOS COUNTY, Ore. — Oregon State Police troopers are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash with a fatality on Highway 240 at Tarheel Road in Coos County.

This is a developing story. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 38 Near Elkton

Elkton OR – Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Coos Bay are continuing the investigation into yesterday’s fatal head-on crash on Highway 38 at Paradise Road, near Elkton.

Preliminary information from the scene indicates that at approximately 3:45 p.m., a black, 2012 Honda CR-V, operated by HEATHER R. FRIEDRICH, age 44, of North Bend, was eastbound when it crossed the centerline into the westbound lanes and hit a tan, 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by KATHLEEN D. HANDCOCK, 57 of Coos Bay, which was westbound. The front passenger in the Camry, VIRGINIA L. WHALEN-JENNINGS, 59, of Coquille, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FRIEDRICH was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. HANDCOCK and her rear passenger were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was blocked for several hours as troopers investigated and reconstructed the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist and a traffic detour was established.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Elkton Rural Fire Protection District. No citations have been issued at this time however, investigative findings will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney for review.

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