October 4, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of a Thursday afternoon single vehicle fatal traffic crash the resulted in the death of a Klamath Falls woman along Highway 97 near Klamath Falls. Preliminary investigation indicates a pre-existing medical condition may have been a contributing factor.
According to Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on October 3, 2013 at approximately 2:01 p.m., a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup driven by PAULINE KOWER, age 76, from Klamath Falls, was traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 271 when it slowly drifted to the right, went off the shoulder and struck a culvert next to a driveway access. The impact caused major damage to the pickup.
The driver was extricated from the pickup by Klamath County Fire District #1 firefighters and transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center where she died about two hours after the crash. She was using safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Fire District #1 and ODOT.
Sergeant Trippett is the lead investigator.
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