Sometime Sunday morning, a car with two young women aboard was headed south on 101, just north of Cannon Beach. For some reason, the car left the road, rolled down a 50 foot embankment and smashed into some trees.
The crash severely injured both both women.
Because the car rolled quite a ways down the embankment, the thick forest hid the wreck from passing motorists. As a result the two women were trapped inside the vehicle for 12 hours. It was at 8:10pm that a passing hitchhiker heard the driver’s cry for help.
Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another suffered serious injuries.
According to OSP, their preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Chevrolet four-door driven by GABRIELA RAYON, 21 of Vancouver, WA was traveling southbound on Highway 101 with a passenger identified as RUTH A. DELGADO, 23, of Los Angeles. For an unconfirmed reason, the car left the roadway and down the embankment where the passenger side struck a tree. The car then came to rest on the ground in heavy brush amongst the trees and was not visible from the roadway.
DELGADO was pronounced deceased at the scene.
RAYON was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is listed in fair condition.
Both occupants were using safety restraints.