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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 north of Eugene
03/05/2008
Sergeant Ron Martin
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

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(Note: The following is a news release sent out March 6, 2008 correcting previously released information related to the driver of the offending vehicle)
 
An ongoing investigation by Oregon State Police troopers, working in conjunction with the Lane County District Attorney's Office, reported that the driver of the offending vehicle in a Tuesday evening head-on crash was actually the person initially thought to be the passenger identified as EDUARDO GUTIERREZ, age 41, from Eugene. Investigators initially identified RODRIGUEZ EBIGAEL SANCHEZ, age 29, from Eugene, as the driver but follow-up investigation and interviews with both men and emergency responders led to this determination.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Ron Martin, investigators now report that on March 4, 2008 at 6:43 p.m. a 1988 Dodge pickup driven by GUTIERREZ was northbound on Highway 99 near Aubrey Lane. According to witnesses the Dodge pickup failed to negotiate a right hand curve, continued through the center divider and into the southbound lanes where it crashed head-on with a 1988 Honda two door car.
 
The Honda's operator, JUSTIN DANIEL DOUGHERTY, age 23, from Eugene, was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. DOUGHERTY was using safety restraints.
 
SANCHEZ and GUTIERREZ were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries. GUTIERREZ reportedly has a valid drivers license. Both men are still hospitalized.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
Highway 99 was partially closed for approximately 4 1/2 hours. ODOT, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire, and Eugene EMS assisted at the scene.