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Death Investigation - Highway 101 in Yachats

September 26, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

(Updated September 27 with release of deceased's name)

Oregon State Police (OSP) and the medical examiner are investigating the cause of the death of an elderly male found Thursday morning next to his bicycle along Highway 101 in Yachats. The 72-year old Washington man was vacationing in the area.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on September 26, 2013 at approximately 10:30 a.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a man laying on the highway shoulder near milepost 163 in Yachats. On arrival, ROBERT HENRY BARCA, age 72, from Greenback, Washington, was unconscious and not breathing. BARCA was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport where he was pronounced deceased. He was wearing a bicycle helmet.

An unidentified witness reportedly told fire personnel she saw the bike tip over as it was being operated southbound. There is no evidence of vehicle involvement or any sign of external injury.

Yachat's Fire and Rescue, South Coast Ambulance, Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office assisted with the investigation.

Any unidentified witness(es) is asked to call Trooper Mike Hansen at (541) 265-5354.


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