Newport man charged with manslaughter on Hwy 20
Update 9/10/19 Driver Michael Craycraft has been charged with drunk driving, reckless driving and manslaughter.
A 52-year-old Newport man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and other charges after a fatal solo crash Saturday on US-20 about two miles east of Highway 101.
Oregon State Police say that Michael John Craycraft, 52, of Newport, lost control of his jeep just before 6 pm Saturday while he was headed east on Highway 20. The vehicle spun off the road and smashed into an embankment. The impact threw the Jeep’s passenger, Rhawnie Lynn Harp, 40, out of the vehicle. She died of her injuries at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.
Upon his release from the hospital Craycraft was charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving while under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangering.