December 16, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 126E just east of McKenzie Bridge that resulted in the death of a 67-year old woman.
On December 15, 2012 at approximately 1:25 p.m., a 1979 Ford pickup driven by WILLIAM J. GOTTER, age 71, from Springfield was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 51 negotiating a sweeping left curve when he lost control on the snow/ice covered roadway. The pickup traveled off the south shoulder and overturned on its side in a ditch.
The driver's 67-year old wife/passenger, MARILYN LOUISE GOTTER, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office will be completing the investigation. Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by McKenzie Fire & Rescue and ODOT.
No photographs available for release at this time.
OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be prepared now for winter driving conditions including ice and snow on many roads. Know before you go by checking ODOT's website www.TripCheck.com.