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19-Year Old Driver Arrested Following Serious Injury Crash near Vida
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A 19-year old Eugene resident was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) following a Sunday afternoon two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 126E near Vida that resulted in serious injuries to a Eugene woman.
According to OSP Recruit Trooper Mike Pelkey, on January 17, 2010 at approximately 4:10 p.m. a 1995 Acura Integra driven by JACOB A. CURTIS, age 19, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126E near milepost 23 when it crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with an eastbound 1996 Nissan two door.
The Nissan's driver, CANDACE LEE CHITTY, age 63, from Eugene, was seriously injured. She was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
CURTIS was transported by ambulance with minor injuries to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. After being treated and released, OSP arrested CURTIS and lodged him in the Lane County Jail for the following charges:
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Assault in the Third Degree
He was also cited for Failure to Drive Within a Lane, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Refusing a Breath Test.
Safety restraint use information and photographs are not available.
One lane was closed for about one hour. OSP was assisted by local emergency responding agencies.