Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 101 about fifteen miles south of Tillamook that resulted in the death of a 20-year old man. The victim's name will be released later today to allow family time for any needed notifications. Speed and failure to wear a safety belt are possible contributing factors.
On May 20, 2013 at approximately 6:18 a.m., a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by the victim was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 81. As the pickup was negotiating a sweeping right curve, the driver lost control and traveled off the shoulder striking an embankment. The pickup rolled and came to rest on its roof. The driver, who was not using safety restraints, was ejected from the pickup and pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed for about five hours.
This fatal crash occurred on the first day of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign that runs through June 2. OSP and ODOT remind everyone that the proper use of safety restraints is the single most effective way to protect vehicle occupants involved in a crash from injury or death. According to ODOT, even though Oregon now has the second highest safety belt use among U.S. states, 49 people last year lost their lives in crashes where they were in a pickup and were not wearing a safety belt.