Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash over the weekend in the 600 Block of E. Eckman Creek Road, Waldport. Upon arrival, deputies learned the driver of the vehicle, 37 year old Zachary John Pedro, and the two passengers, 32 year old Mandi Lee Sagraves and 36 year old Phillip Ross Olson, all three of Waldport, were being treated for serious injuries by fire and rescue personnel. All three occupants were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.
The Lincoln County Major Crash Team was dispatched to the scene to assist with the investigation. Investigators determined the vehicle, a black 1999 four-door Volkswagon Jetta operated by Pedro, was traveling northbound on E. Eckman Creek Road and entered a curve too fast for conditions sending it into a slide, hitting a sign – then an embankment.
The front seat passenger, Sagraves, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the impact and was forced through the driver’s side door window where she came to rest on the ground between the embankment and vehicle. The driver, Pedro, appeared to have been using a seatbelt and remained in the vehicle, as did Olson who was positioned in the back seat. The driver’s side-curtain airbag was the only active restraint to deploy during the crash.
Pedro was airlifted from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis due to the extent of his injuries. Olson was later transported by ambulance from Newport to Good Samaritan Hospital as well. Sagraves remained in the Newport Hospital for treatment.
On August 23, 2015, Zachary Pedro died from his injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital. Phillip Olson was still listed in critical condition and Mandi Sagraves was listed in stable condition.
Vehicle speed and alcohol impairment are believed to be contributing factors of the traffic crash. The investigation is still active at this time.