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Post Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Statistics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

(07/08/10 NOTE: This is an update to the original release following confirmation of a third traffic fatality associated with the mentioned July 4th crash)
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
Preliminary information from known reported fatal traffic crashes indicates 3 people died in two separate fatal traffic crashes during the 78-hour Fourth of July 2010 holiday reporting period between 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 2nd, and 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 5th, on Oregon roadways. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), this year's three known traffic fatalities is a slight increase over last year's two fatalities for the Fourth of July holiday period, which is the deadliest major holiday of the year in Oregon.
Reported fatal traffic crashes investigated by Oregon law enforcement agencies include:
  • On July 3rd at approximately 3:30 a.m. a 48-year old southwest Portland woman died on Highway 97 about six miles south of Bend when the car she was driving southbound collided head-on with a northbound vehicle. The other driver received minor injuries. Oregon State Police (OSP) is the lead investigating agency. (Photograph link with news release related to this fatal traffic crash)
  • On July 4th at approximately 9:00 p.m. a 33-year old St. Helens man died after crashing while attempting to elude a Columbia County deputy along Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. The deputy and a Vernonia police officer pulled the passenger from the car after it caught fire. The 37-year old passenger died July 7th in the hospital.  At the request of Columbia County Sheriff's Office, OSP is investigating the crash.
OSP troopers reported arresting 60 DUII drivers over this year's holiday weekend period. Last year, troopers reported 76 DUII arrests. Arrest figures provided by OSP dispatch centers show the following OSP offices reporting the three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:
  • Coos Bay Area Command – 7 DUII arrests
  • Klamath Falls Area Command – 6 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command – 5 DUII arrests
  • Portland Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • McMinnville Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Tualatin Work Site – 3 DUII arrests
  • Albany Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • Newport Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Central Point reported several high speed driver enforcement contacts including four drivers for exceeding 100 miles:
  • On July 3, 2010 at about 3:30 a.m. Trooper Adam Waldport stopped a 2010 Dodge Avenger northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 for traveling 101 mph. The 18-year old driver from Veneta was cited for 101 mph in a posted 65 mph zone.
  • On the same day about 12:50 p.m. Senior Trooper Stephanie Bigman stopped a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for traveling 100 miles per hour. The 62-year old driver from Grants Pass was cited for 100 mph in a posted 65 mph zone.
  • On July 4, 2010 at about 9:42 a.m. Senior Trooper Kirk Freeman stopped a 2006 Chrysler 3000 northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 17 for traveling 103 mph. The 19-year old driver from Surrey, British Columbia was cited for 103 mph in a posted 65 mph zone and Following Too Close. An hour later, Freeman stopped a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 20 for traveling 105 mph. A small amount of suspected methamphetamine and an open container of alcohol were found in the vehicle. James Ellis, age 45, from San Diego California, was cited for 105 mph in a posted 65 mph zone and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. Ellis was also lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
OSP troopers also reported responding to over 70 traffic crashes on state and interstate highways, issuing nearly 1,000 speed-related citations, and assisting 300 disabled motorists.
Questions regarding your local OSP activity over the holiday period should be directed to that OSP office.