September 20, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Friday morning single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 18 east of Otis that seriously injured two people. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, on September 20, 2013 at approximately 12:04 a.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Blazer driven by MATTHEW D. MAYS, age 29, from Lincoln City, was westbound on Highway 18 near milepost 7. According to witnesses, prior to the crash the vehicle was operated erratically and at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the north side of the highway and struck an embankment. The vehicle then rolled and came to rest on its left side blocking the eastbound lane.
MAYS and passenger BONNIEBELLE EVERILL, age 25, from Otis, were initially transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. They were later taken by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office, with the assistance of Portland Area Command troopers, are continuing the investigation. Trooper Michael Hansen is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. Highway 18 was blocked at the scene for over an hour.
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