July 5, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Friday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 20 west of Vale that resulted in the death of a 33-year old Weiser, Idaho man. Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol is a possible contributing factor.
According to Sergeant Kurt Marvin, on July 5, 2013 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a 1996 Geo Tracker driven by DAVID RONALD MAYBREY, age 33, from Weiser, Idaho, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 240 when the vehicle drifted off the shoulder. MAYBREY over-corrected and the vehicle overturned, partially ejecting him. He was not using a safety restraint.
MAYBREY, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Malheur County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted at the scene.
ODOT, OSP and our public safety and traffic safety partners remind travelers to always buckle up. Consistent belt use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Oregon recently became the state with the highest safety belt use among U.S states, with 98% of the motoring public observed using safety belts routinely. While that's good news, it's still painful when one person dies in a crash and he or she was not wearing a seat belt. It's critical to remain vigilant about buckling up: every time, every trip.
Statistics gathered by Oregon's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) over the past 25 years show nearly half of all Fourth of July period traffic fatalities were in alcohol-involved crashes. Three-hundred people have died during the Fourth of July holiday period since 1970; more than 50 of those deaths during the last ten years.
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This was the second confirmed fatal traffic crash in Oregon during the current Fourth of July holiday period which began 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, and runs through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July, 7.
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