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Fatal Vehicle / Bicycle Crash - Highway 99 south of Creswell
Lieutenant Robert Edwards
Oregon State Police - Springfield
(541) 726-2536

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Wednesday night fatal traffic crash about two miles south of Creswell that resulted in the death of a 38-year old Creswell-area man riding a bicycle.
According to OSP Sergeant Andy Kenyon, on February 10, 2010 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a 2002 Ford Focus driven by JENNIFER L. PORTER, age 23, from Creswell, was northbound on Highway 99 near milepost 9. As PORTER was passing a northbound bicyclist that was on the narrow shoulder, a southbound 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by TINA MAE BAKER, age 38, from Oakridge, was passing another southbound vehicle and sideswiped the Ford Focus in the northbound lane. After colliding with each other, the Chrysler continued across the northbound lane and struck the bicycle operated by JOHN MARSH CAYTON, age 38.
CAYTON was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigating troopers found no evidence that his bicycle had lighting or reflective equipment. He was not wearing a protective helmet.
BAKER and her three female passengers, ages 15, 17 and 19, were transported by ambulance for an examination at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. They were using safety restraints.
PORTER and a 4-month old female child were not injured. Both were using appropriate safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation which upon completion will be provided to the Lane County District Attorney's office for review. No enforcement decision made pending completion of investigation and review.
Lane Rural Fire Department, South Lane Fire EMS and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about four hours during the scene investigation.