Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 18 about eight miles west of Grand Ronde that resulted in the death of an adult male and serious injuries to an adult female. The names of the vehicle occupant’s are withheld pending confirmation of next of kin.
Preliminary investigation indicates on Wednesday at approximately 4:50 p.m. a 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT driven by an adult male was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 13 negotiating a left curve at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right shoulder and crashed into a tree. The initial impact split the vehicle in two sections with the front portion coming to rest on the north side of the highway. The passenger compartment and rear section came to rest overturned on its top about 40 feet south of the highway partially submerged in the Salmon River.
An OSP sergeant, who was trying to catch up to the Mitsubishi after noting its speed at 85 mph west of the crash scene, drove upon the scene shortly after it happened. With the help of several other people who stopped, they went down into water where the overturned section. Lifting the vehicle up out of the water, they saw it was occupied by two people. The woman was conscious but the man was unconscious.
They removed the seriously injured woman from the car and she was later transported by Pac West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. She was transferred by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
After removing the woman, they continued propping the car up to keep the man out of the water until firefighters from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
If you want to cruise through the flu season without being miserable for about two weeks of it, get vaccinated. The Lincoln County Health Department will be administering flu shots through October 25th all around the county. Here’s the scoop on when and where: Click here.
Siletz Tribe Receives Grant to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking committed against American Indian women and girls.
The three-year, $419,325 grant will allow for two program specialists to provide culturally appropriate services for Tribal members in Lincoln County who are victims of these types of violence and help them with access to crisis intervention, access to counseling by trained advocates and/or staff and access to peer support groups.
The program also will:
*Develop policies to create an effective response to crimes of violence against Indian women and create a coordinated domestic violence community response team and a sexual assault response team.
* Forge partnerships with local community programs with established expertise in dealing with victims of sexual and domestic violence.
*Provide information to the Tribal community to promote greater awareness of domestic violence and to end the silence around issues of this type of violence.
“This program will allow us to develop an environment in which the Tribal community, the larger community and the existing resources in the surrounding area can all be brought together in a mutually supportive way to help reduce, if not eradicate, these problems and the terrible effects they have on victims and family members where they occur,” said Bonnie Petersen, assistant general manager of the Siletz Tribe.
Petersen points out that a number of published reports indicate that Native American women are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault (5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older) compared to all races (2 per 1,000). This is caused, at least in part, by more than 200 years of historical and generational trauma that has resulted in disproportionately high rates of dysfunction for Tribal individuals, families and communities.
For more information, please contact Petersen at 541-444-8210 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1210.
A McMinnville man has been indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury on charges that he raped and otherwised sexually abused a McMinnville woman at a hotel in Lincoln City back in June. Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branum told NewsYamhillCounty.com that the grand jury filed charges against Derek White that included first degree Rape, one count of Sexual Abuse in the second degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the third degree.
Branum said the case came to light when the McMinnville victim called authorities in Yamhill County who in turn alerted Lincoln City Police. White was returned to Lincoln County where he was booked into the county jail in Newport where he awaits his next court appearance October 10th. He remains in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Lincoln City Police went on a short pursuit Tuesday, after an officer recognized a wanted man in a passing car and took off after him. The chase ended in a traffic crash near Taft Elementary and High Schools with police drawing guns on the crashed car. Police not only got their wanted man, who was wanted out of Wasco County for drugs, they also arrested the driver, Melissa Greenawalt, charging her with fleeing from police and reckless driving.
Newport Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director wants everyone to know about Friday’s luncheon topic at the Shilo at noon. She says the September 30th Chamber Luncheon will be a round-table discussion on “Business Today: Economic Development.”