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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 402 east of Monument in Grant County
05/23/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A Redmond-area man died and a John Day resident was seriously injured Saturday morning in a single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 402 about 2 1/2 miles east of Monument in Grant County.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Gordon Larson, on May 23, 2009 at approximately 11:30 a.m. OSP troopers from John Day and Arlington, a Grant County deputy sheriff and local ambulance volunteers responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 402 near milepost 15.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by TYLER BOYER, age 22, from Redmond, was westbound on a straight and flat stretch of Highway 402 when it veered onto the right gravel shoulder for an unknown reason. It appears BOYER tried bring the pickup back onto the roadway but over-corrected and rolled over.
 
The two occupants were both using safety restraints and airbags deployed inside the pickup. BOYER was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger WILLIAM C. LOVEJOY, age 19, from John Day, was seriously injured.
 
LOVEJOY was transported by John Day ambulance to the Long Creek area where an air ambulance was able to lane. He was then transported by air to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho for treatment of serious injuries.
 
OSP Trooper Erich Timko is continuing the investigation.