June 11, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
A Cottage Grove-area man is facing several charges following an early Tuesday morning alcohol-involved serious injury traffic crash on Highway 99 about one mile north of Cottage Grove. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
According to Trooper Michael Berland, on June 11, 2013 at approximately 12:23 a.m., a 1997 Honda Civic driven by TYLER D. WELLS, age 21, from Cottage Grove, was northbound on Highway 99 near River Avenue when it tried to negotiate a curve too fast. The Honda's driver lost control of the car as it slid sideways into the southbound ditch and flipped, ejecting WELLS.
Neither WELLS nor passenger KYLE E. MURRELL, age 23, from Cottage Grove, were using safety restraints. Both were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
WELLS was cited by OSP to appear in Lane County Circuit Court for DUII, Assault in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
OSP was assisted at the scene by South Lane County Fire & Rescue and other local emergency responders.