October 20, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
On October 19, 2012 at approximately 2:20 p.m., a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by GREGORY R. GARN, age 46, from Eugene, was stopped westbound on Awbrey Lane when it attempted to turn left (southbound) onto Highway 99. The Chevrolet pickup was hit in the side by a northbound 1984 Toyota pickup driven by PATRICK B. McGUIRK, age 50, Eugene.
McGUIRK and his passenger, DAVID RODNEY THOM, age 45, from Eugene, were seriously injured. Both were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. THOM later died at the hospital.
GARN was not injured.
Safety restraint use information is not available.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Gale Cochell is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.
Lane Rural Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was partially closed about two hours.