Oregon State Police report that a 65 year old Rockaway Beach man was killed Friday night while driving his sports car northbound on Highway 101 near Rockaway Beach. Troopers say Joseph Abeln went out to pass another car at a high rate of speed, lost control of his 1998 Corvette, went off the southbound shoulder and hit a hillside. The impact caused Abeln to be catapulted out of his ‘vette. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He landed nearby on the southbound fog line.
Abeln died while aboard an ambulance that was rushing him to a LifeFlight landing site. Troopers say alcohol was involved in the accident.