According to Sergeant Craig Ball, on December 21, 2012 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Honda Accord driven by MARCOS RAMOS-DeJESUS, age 21, from Newberg, was northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 34 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound Jeep Liberty driven by ALMA BERBER, age 23, from Woodburn.
RAMOS-DeJESUS was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Two passengers in the Honda were seriously injured. They are identified as CORNELIO FRANCISCO MARTINEZ, age 21, and VICTOR ROJAS-MARCELINO, age unknown. MARTINEZ was transported by Life Flight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). ROJAS-MERCELINO was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital and then transferred to OHSU. Both men are also from Newberg.
BERBER was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with minor injuries.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Mike Lacer is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Gervais Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed over 4 hours.
OSP and ODOT urge travelers to be prepared for potential hazardous winter driving conditions on many mountain passes and other areas as people travel this weekend and for the upcoming holidays. Know before you go by monitoring media reports and checking available information and resources for where you will be traveling at www.TripCheck.com. OSP and ODOT also remind travelers of the Christmas Holiday period information and tips: