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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 north of Cottage Grove
01/22/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night's fatal traffic crash involving a bicyclist on Interstate 5 north of Cottage Grove. The crash resulted in the death of 29-year old CASEY MICHAEL PITTS-CARROLL. He was last known to be living as a transient in the Cottage Grove area and has previously lived in Eugene.
 
According to Trooper Cale Day, on January 21, 2012 at approximately 9:44 p.m. a 2011 GMC Denali sport utility vehicle driven by AMBER S. VINCENT, age 26, from Sutherlin, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 176 just south of the East Saginaw Road overpass when it struck a bicycle crossing the freeway. Witnesses said the cyclist was riding northbound along the southbound shoulder prior to being struck as it tried to cross the freeway in the vehicle's path.
 
The cyclist, PITTS-CARROLL, was trapped under the vehicle as it came to a stop. After emergency medical personnel arrived minutes later he was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing reflective clothing and the bicycle had no lighting equipment.
 
VINCENT and her two children, ages 2 and 4, were not injured.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by South Lane County Fire Rescue, Cottage Grove Police Department, and ODOT.
 
The southbound lanes were closed over two hours but traffic was able to get through the scene.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation.