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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 west of Sandy
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Saturday afternoon two-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an Eagle Creek mother and her daughter, and non-life threatening injuries to a third person who remains hospitalized Sunday afternoon.
Additional authorized information for release indicates on April 25, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Highway 26 and SE Orient Drive about one-half mile west of Sandy. A 2005 Toyota Corolla four-door driven by PAMELA L. BENSON, age 42, from Eagle Creek, was attempting to turn left from SE Orient Drive to eastbound Highway 26 when it was struck in the driver's side by a westbound 1987 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle driven by MATTHEW DANIEL INGLE, age 18, from Estacada. Witnesses reported to investigators that INGLE failed to stop for a red traffic signal.
PAMELA BENSON was using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 11-year old daughter, CLARICE MARIE BENSON, was in the right rear seat. She was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where she was pronounced deceased.
INGLE was assisted from his vehicle by people who stopped at then scene before being transported by AMR ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries. He was using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command and Government Camp offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and Clackamas County interagency crash investigation team (CRAFT). Sandy and Boring fire departments, Sandy Police Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.
Highway 26 was closed in both directions for over five hours during the investigation.