On Saturday June 1, at approximately 8:06 p.m. Oregon State Police was dispatched to investigate a crashed abandoned vehicle buried deep in the brush on a steep embankment just off the southbound shoulder of Hwy 101 near mile post 128.
Reports were of a brown Mazda SUV that had been first noticed at approximately noon that day when the onlooker was walking on an adjacent trail. Roadway evidence showed the vehicle had been southbound on Hwy 101 when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle drove off the southbound shoulder and down a steep embankment.
The vehicle struck a tree nearly head-on, causing significant front end damage and air bag deployment. The vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest on its tires and facing east. A foot trail was identified leading from the driver's door down another steep embankment to a creek.
"I conducted a search of the immediate area and located a badly injured female in critical condition, face down and partially submerged in the creek," Officer David Wertz wrote in his report. "Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue responded and extricated the female from the woods."
The 35-year-old woman was transported to Pacific Communities’ Hospital where she was stabilized then transported by Life Flight Helicopter to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital.
Additional information from the driver's family indicated the crash may have occurred sometime between 6 and 7 a.m. the female's condition is unknown at this time.
The following day, June 2, at approximately 3:52 p.m. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 134.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a red Chrysler Sebring, operated by Jackie Dean, 53, of Depoe Bay, was northbound when it hit the highway guardrail, crossed the centerline and struck a southbound gray Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Pedro Segura, 42, of Salem.
Dean sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Segura and his four passengers (two adults, two juveniles) were transported to area hospitals with injuries.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County DA's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, and Newport Fire Department.