Drug-impaired driver died in multi-vehicle crash; injured two others in Lincoln County
According to the Oregon State Police, on September 19, 2017, at about 3:45 p.m., Troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a multiple vehicle crashes on Highway 18 near North Deer Drive just outside of Otis in Lincoln County.
The preliminary investigation revealed a dark green 1995 Eagle Talon, was westbound on Highway 18 at about MP 4. For unknown reasons, it drifted into the oncoming eastbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2016 red Ford Explorer. A white 1993 Subaru Legacy, which was following the Talon, was struck by the Talon as it spun back into the westbound lane. A secondary crash occurred at the scene after a westbound Kia Sedan Struck a stopped Chevy Cavalier a few yards from the original crash.
The driver of the Talon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford Explorer, 68-year old Robert James, and his passenger, 67-year-old Barbara James, both residents of Grand Ronde, were transported to a Lincoln City area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Subaru, 25-year-old Anjali Singh of Lincoln City was not injured.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending a notification of the family.
Use of a controlled substance by the deceased is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. The Highway was closed for approximately 3 hours and ODOT had established a detour. OSP was assisted on scene by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, North Lincoln Fire Department, ODOT, and Pac West Ambulance.