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Albany Man Arrested, Facing Criminal Negligent Homicide Charges Related to 10/25/12 Double Fatal Traffic Crash
June 14, 2013

Rob Bovett, District Attorney
Lincoln County District Attorney's Office
(541) 265-4145

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A 46-year old Albany was turned himself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) Friday morning after he was indicted last week related to an October 25, 2012 double fatal traffic crash that killed a Toledo-area man and his daughter on Highway 20 about a half mile east of Eddyville. The defendant was later released from custody pending a future appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court on two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide.
 
WALLACE M. BEAVER, age 46, from Albany, was indicted last week by a Lincoln County Grand Jury. His next appearance date is scheduled for June 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
 
On October 25, 2012 at approximately 8:17 a.m., a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by BEAVER was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 24 negotiating a right curve when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Aveo driven by DANIEL LEWIS LOPER, age 57, from Toledo. After impact, both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
 
DANIEL LOPER and his right front passenger/daughter, APRIL SHERRI LOPER, age 34, from Toledo, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger's 2-month old son in a child carrier safety seat in the left rear seating location was transported with non-life threatening injuries.
 
BEAVER was also injured in the crash.
 
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office, with the assistance of the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, conducted the investigation. Senior Trooper David Peterson was the lead investigator.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by the interagency Lincoln County Crash Team comprised of officers from OSP, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and Newport Police Department.