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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 35 south of Hood River
October 17, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an 18-year old female along Highway 35 about ten miles south of Hood River. The names of the victim and other driver are released in this update.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Les Kipper, on October 16, 2012 at approximately 3:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by SAVANNA K. HOLLOWAY, age 18, from Cascade Locks, was trying to access Highway 35 from a driveway on the east side of the highway when it pulled in front of a northbound flatbed truck loaded with pears. The flatbed truck collided into the Honda's driver side.
 
The flatbed truck's driver, NOCHOLAS V. LAURANCE, age 29, from Mt. Hood / Parkdale, was not injured.
 
HOLLOWAY was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Both were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Mark Jubitz is the lead investigator.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire Department, and ODOT.
 
October 14 - 20, 2012 is designated "Teen Driver Safety Week" nationally and in Oregon. Governor John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation designating this week as "Oregon Teen Driver Safety Week". Additional information is available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers.
 
According to Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon drivers under age 20 were involved in crashes at over twice the rate of the population as a whole. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young drivers, ages 15 - 20, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways - traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America.