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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 30 east of Astoria in Clatsop County

December 20, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Thursday afternoon's two-vehicle head-on serious injury crash on Highway 30 about ten miles east of Astoria. A total of six people, 4 adults and two children, were injured and alcohol is being investigated as a possible contri buting factor.

According to Sergeant Andrew Merila, on December 19, 2013 at approximately 4:10 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by SHARON RITOLA, age 70, from Astoria, was westbound on Highway 30 near milepost 85 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2003 Volvo four-door occupied by three adults and 2 children.

RITOLA was ejected and seriously injured. She was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and is in critical condition. Alcohol is being investigator as a possible contributing factor for her driving.

The Volvo's driver, TYLER VAN SANT, age 24, from Vancouver, Washington, was also seriously injured and initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. He was transferred to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

Right front male passenger KOTA KUWAE, age 22, was also transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Rear female passenger AYUMI GRIFFIN, age 24, and 2 girls, ages 3 and 6, were taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital with minor injuries. All are also from Vancouver, Washington.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Knappa Fire District, Medix Ambulance Service, and ODOT.

The highway was closed for several hours with a detour in place.

This holiday season, the Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) urge everyone to support their enforcement efforts and show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving.

Throughout December, law enforcement agencies around the country are stepping up enforcement efforts during a time when the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions and serious legal consequences. Those decisions can impact lives of innocent people on the road, so on Friday, December 20, please remember those affected by an impaired driver whenever you see headlights on vehicles during daytime hours.

Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", an effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers. Motorists are asked to turn on their headlights Friday for "National Lights on for Life" day, in remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver.

More information and tips are available at:


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