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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Sherwood Police Department, is continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 99W just south of Dundee. The victim was identified as a missing 75-year old Sherwood man who reportedly had not been in contact with his family since Friday.
According to OSP Sergeant Brad Hessel, on May 8, 2012 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a truck driver stopped at Dundee Fire Department reporting he saw a car off an embankment in heavy brush along Highway 99W at milepost 27. Fire personnel responded and upon checking the vehicle they found a deceased adult male inside.
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office responded to investigate. The license plates on the 1992 Ford Taurus came back to a vehicle associated with a Sherwood Police Department missing person case involving RICHARD SMITH, age 75. With the assistance of the Yamhill County medical examiner, the driver was positively identified as SMITH. He was not using safety restraints. OSP notified Sherwood police and an officer responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates the Ford was northbound when it traveled off the right shoulder and down a steep embankment about 25 feet into heavy brush where it struck several trees. The time of the crash has not been determined.
According to Sherwood police, their investigation learned SMITH used a credit card Saturday morning, May 5, at 1:30 a.m. to purchase gas at a station at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde. Questions regarding their investigation should be directed to Sherwood Police Department.
Trooper Chad Drew is the lead investigator. Next of kin were notified by Sherwood Police Department.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Dundee Fire Department and ODOT.

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