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Update: Passenger Dies from Injuries Related to July 4th Fatal Crash on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
07/08/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police were notified Wednesday night that passenger ROBERT J. REGAN, age 37, died from injuries he sustained July 4, 2010 traffic crash when the car he was a passenger in crashed as the driver attempted to elude a Columbia County deputy on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway about three miles east of Nehalem River Highway. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the crash investigation.
 
Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to confirm the driver's identity as BROOKS JAY ANDERSON, age 33, from St. Helens. At the time of the incident and fatal crash, ANDERSON was wanted on seven outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants that included charges for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Attempt to Elude, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, Unauthorized Departure, and Violation of a Release Agreement.
 
On Sunday night, July 4, 2010, ANDERSON was driving a stolen 1989 Nissan 240SX when he died during a single vehicle crash while attempting to elude Columbia County Deputy Ryan Dews. ANDERSON lost control trying to avoid a spike strip placed on the roadway by Vernonia Police Officer Shawn Carnahan. Upon crashing, the car caught fire and REGAN was pulled from the vehicle by Deputy Dews and Vernonia Police Officer Carnahan. They couldn't rescue ANDERSON because of the fire.
 
REGAN was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries where he died July 7.
 
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office requested OSP lead the crash investigation with the assistance of an OSP crash reconstructionist.