October 25, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's two-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people along Highway 20 about a half mile east of Eddyville in Lincoln County.
According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, on October 25, 2012 at approximately 8:17 a.m., a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by WALLACE M. BEAVER, age 45, from Albany, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 24 negotiating a right curve when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Aveo driven by DANIEL LEWIS LOPER, age 57, from Toledo. After impact, both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
DANIEL LOPER and his right front passenger/daughter, APRIL SHERRI LOPER, age 34, from Toledo, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger's 2-month old son in a child carrier safety seat in the left rear seating location was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with possible injuries.
BEAVER was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
All adult occupants were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper David Peterson is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the interagency Lincoln County Crash Team comprised of officers from OSP, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and Newport Police Department. Also assisting were Toledo Fire Department, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, ODOT, and Lincoln County Medical Examiner. The highway was closed about four hours during the investigation.