November 19, 2013
Lieutenant Justin McGladrey
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the
cause of Monday evening's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 just
east of Eddyville in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of a North
According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on November 18, 2013 at approximately
6:03 p.m., a 1998 Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by NATHAN S. SMITH, age 26, from
Coquille, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 23 when it crossed the
centerline into the eastbound lane. An eastbound 2000 Mac truck pulling a
semi-trailer driven by CRAIG A. DEE, age 47, from Salem, veered to the right
shoulder in an attempt to avoid the oncoming pickup but collided nearly head-on
with the pickup.
The pickup's right front passenger, WILLIAM ROGER BEAUDRY II, age 39, from
North Bend, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety
restraints. SMITH was not injured. Both were using safety restraints and their
vehicle is registered to West Coast Contractors.
DEE was not injured and was also using safety restraints. The truck is
registered to Pacific Coast Transportation.
The two lane highway was closed for 90 minutes before being open to one lane of
travel. The highway was completely re-opened about 10:30 p.m.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the
investigation. Trooper Brian Tucker is the lead investigator. Any witnesses to
this crash who have not spoken to OSP is asked to contact Trooper Tucker at
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police
Department, Toledo Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance, Lincoln County District
Attorney's Office, and Lincoln County Medical Examiner.
No photographs for this release.
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