Driver who caused Loper family double fatal crash near Eddyville indicted: Two counts Negligent Homicide
A 46-year old Albany has turned himself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) Friday morning after he was indicted last week related to an October 25, 2012 double fatal traffic crash that killed a Toledo-area man and his daughter on Highway 20 about a half mile east of Eddyville. The defendant was later released from custody pending a future appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court on two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide.
WALLACE M. BEAVER, age 46, from Albany, was indicted last week by a Lincoln County Grand Jury. His next appearance date is scheduled for June 24th at 8:30 a.m. in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
On October 25, 2012 at approximately 8:17 a.m., a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by BEAVER was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 24 negotiating a right curve when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Aveo driven by DANIEL LOPER, age 57, from Toledo. After impact, both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
DANIEL LOPER and his right front passenger/daughter, APRIL LOPER, age 34, from Toledo, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger’s 2-month old son, in a rear child carrier safety seat, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
BEAVER was also injured in the crash.
In an unrelated matter, Loper’s death caused a huge challenge for the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office in that they were about to bring to trial a man accused of sexually assaulting Loper both here in Lincoln County and in Redding, California. It was first theorized that Thomas Acosta would walk out an unconvicted man since he could not be confronted by his accuser. As it turned out, corroborating evidence from a number of people who talked with Loper about what happened to her was enough to convince a jury to convict Acosta of several charges which put him behind bars for at least eight years.
With the latest arrest of Wallace Beaver of Albany, charged with causing the death of April Loper and her father Daniel Loper, the Toledo family will now have to go back through it all over again as they monitor the court proceedings on Beaver.