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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 near Warm Springs
06/22/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of Warm Springs Police Department, are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 west of the city of Warm Springs. The crash resulted in the death of a 43-year old Eugene-area man.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Keith Taylor, on June 21, 2011 at approximately 3:55 p.m. OSP troopers were asked by Warm Springs police to investigate a single vehicle traffic crash that turned into fatal before the victim could be transported from the area. The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 3:25 p.m. a 2006 Mazda pickup driven by WILLIAM TODD LEA, age 43, from Eugene, was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 91 following a friend in a separate vehicle. For an unknown reason, the pickup traveled across the westbound lane, off the north shoulder and collided with several large boulders.
 
LEA was transported by ground ambulance to Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center where he died before Air Link could transport him to a Bend area hospital. He was wearing safety restraints.
 
Warm Springs Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed to one lane for about 2 hours.
 
OSP troopers from the Madras work site are continuing the investigation.