Two men are facing charges following an alcohol-involved single vehicle injury traffic crash Monday night along Highway 26 about eight miles east of Seaside. The involved vehicle was reported stolen from the Seaside area about 30 minutes before the crash.
According to Trooper Lewis Topinka, on December 31, 2012 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Mitsubishi Galant four-door was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8 when its driver lost control on the icy roadway. The car traveled off the right shoulder, clipped a tree, skidded across the highway and rolled on its top in the westbound lane.
Witnesses arriving after the crash reported seeing a man, later identified as JARROD M. LUSBY, age 20, from Seaside, climbed out of the overturned car and lay on the highway awaiting medical personnel to arrive. The passenger, later identified TANNER L. CRICK CUZICK, age 20, from Seaside, also climbed out and fled the scene before police and fire personnel arrived.
LUSBY was transported by Medix ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
With the help of a Clatsop County Sheriff's Department K-9, a brief area search found CRICK CUZICK lying in a ditch with serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Seaside Providence Hospital.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Charges are pending against both men.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department, Medix ambulance and Hamlet Fire Department. The highway was blocked about 90 minutes.