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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99W south of Newberg
05/11/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Dayton-area woman died Sunday afternoon when her car was struck by another vehicle that crossed the center grass median on Highway 99W between Dundee and Newberg. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash which investigators believe alcohol and speed were possible contributing factors in an ongoing investigation.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Brad Hessel, on May 11, 2008 at approximately 3:05 p.m. a 1994 Ford Taurus four-door driven by LEONEL ZURITA LOEZA, age 26, from southwest Portland, was northbound on Highway 99W near milepost 25. According to witnesses, the Ford was being operated at a high rate of speed when it lost control and crossed the grass center median where it became airborne and crashed into a southbound 2000 Toyota Avalon four-door. After the initial impact, the Ford collided with a southbound 2003 Toyota Corolla four-door with four occupants.
 
The Toyota Avalon's driver, CARMA COLLEEN SMITH, age 51, from Dayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
LOEZA and his two passengers received serious injuries. LOEZA was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Passenger IZQUIERDO L. JONATAN, age 21, from Beaverton, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University. Passenger NICHOLAS CONTRERAS, age 31, from Beaverton, was transported by ground ambulance to Newberg Providence Hospital.
 
The Toyota Corolla's driver, STEVEN J. MARCACCINI, age 57, from Aurora, and his two female and one male passenger were not injured.
 
Safety restraint use information is not available.
 
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation with assistance of an OSP crash reconstructionist and the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office. Members of the Multi-Agency Traffic Team comprised of officers from Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office are also assisting. Dundee Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
Highway 99W was to be re-opened around 8:15 p.m.