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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of North Bend

November 7, 2012

Sergeant Josh Young
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
(541) 888-2677

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday night's single vehicle crash along Highway 101 about five miles north of North Bend that resulted in the death of two people and a dog.

On November 6, 2012 at approximately 11:20 p.m., a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup driven by JOHN W. SUITER, age 32, from Lakeside, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 227 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed over the southbound lanes and traveled off the highway. The pickup proceeded northbound down the shoulder where it rolled onto its passenger side and caught fire.

SUITER and right front passenger ANDREA A. BELCHER, age 23, from Lakeside, were pronounced deceased at the scene. A dog in the pickup also died. Safety restraint use is unknown at this time.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Coos County Sheriff's Office, North Bend Police Department, Hauser Fire Department, Lakeside Fire Department, Bay City Ambulance, and ODOT assisted at the scene.


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