Working with the Lincoln County Medical Examiner's
Office, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command are
investigating the death of a Waldport man after his vehicle went off of Highway
101 about a mile north of Yachats.
On May 2, 2013 at approximately 7:00 a.m. OSP troopers responded
to a vehicle that was in the southbound ditch on Highway 101 near milepost
161. Prior to responding the OSP
Northern Command Center received a driving complaint on the same vehicle. When OSP troopers and emergency responders
arrived they located a gray Jeep Cherokee, driven by GEORGE HENCK, age 84, from
Waldport, in the ditch on the southbound side of the highway. OSP troopers noted that there was very little
damage to HENCK'S vehicle.
HENCK was initially responsive after emergency responders
arrived. As HENCK was assisted from his
vehicle he became unresponsive.
Emergency responders began life saving measures without success. HENCK was pronounced deceased at the location
by emergency responders. OSP troopers
and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing the
investigation. Investigators believe
that HENCK suffered an unknown medical issue not related to driving off the
highway and into the ditch.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by the Lincoln
County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Yachats Fire and
Rescue and Central Coast Fire and Rescue.
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Contact Info: Lt. Steve Mitchell