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Teen In Custody Following Fatal Traffic Crash While Attempting to Elude Trooper in West Eugene
03/07/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
 
Melinda McLaughlin, APR
Public Information Director
Eugene Police Department
(541) 682-5124
 
Jenna McCulley
Public Information Coordinator
Eugene Police Department
(541) 682-5197

NOTE: On March 10, 2012, Eugene Police Department identified the second crash victim as TONI LYNN BRYSON, age 43, from Eugene.
 
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During a news conference Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Eugene Police Department (EPD) released additional information regarding this morning’s traffic crash in west Eugene involving a vehicle attempting to elude an OSP trooper. Sadly, two people died after being transported to a Eugene-area hospital. The involved driver and an EPD officer were also treated and release for minor injuries.
 
EPD confirmed the 16-year old male driver from Eugene who caused the crash while attempting to elude Trooper Jered McLain was taken into custody for two counts of Manslaughter and two counts of Assault in the Third Degree. He is being held at Serbu Youth Center.
 
McLain, a six-year veteran with OSP, was not involved in the crash nor injured.
 
At OSP’s request, EPD is investigating the double fatal traffic crash.
 
The following information was contained in an EPD news release provided to media after the news conference:
 
Two people died as a result of a crash at W. 11th Street and Bertelsen Road, and a 16-year old male is in custody on two counts of Manslaughter and two counts of Assault in the Third Degree. Additional charges may be added. Deceased is a 43-year old female (name withheld until family can be notified); and, RICHARD LEE TAYLOR, age 62, of Eugene.
 
On March 7, 2012 at 12:31 a.m. OSP Trooper Jered McLain was driving westbound on Beltline when EMMANUEL HERRARA-GUTIERREZ, who was driving a Nissan Maxima, passed his marked patrol car at more than 100 mph and swerved to avoid hitting another driver in the other lane. HERRERA-GUTIERREZ initially pulled over when the trooper activated his overhead lights. After stopping at 12:32 a.m. he pulled out and fled at a high rate of speed through a red light at Beltline and W. 11th. He continued to drive eastbound on W. 11th before running a red light at W. 11th and Bertelsen at 12:33 a.m. where it crashed into a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by TAYLOR with a 43-year old female passenger.
 
TAYLOR and the female passenger were ejected from their vehicle. Both were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where they later died.
 
An EPD patrol car driven by Recruit Officer Joshua Sundquist, with passenger Field Training Officer Kyle Evans, was stopped or stopping at westbound W. 11th just before Bertelsen. The patrol car was struck by HERRARA-GUTIERREZ’s vehicle. Officer Sundquist was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.
 
The total pursuit length from the time of the initial stop and the time of the crash was 43 seconds.
 
The intersection at West 11th Street and Bertelsen Road was closed for about 8 hours while EPD’s Major Collision Investigation Team conducted their investigation.
 
Anyone witnesses who have not spoken to investigators or others with relevant information to the crash investigation is asked to call Officer Michael Klews at (541) 682-5138.