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Fatal Traffic Crash - Champoeg State Park
07/09/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday night's single vehicle fatal traffic crash in Champoeg State Park that resulted in the death of one person and serious injuries to a second person.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Douglas Brown, on July 8, 2011 at approximately 9:17 p.m. OSP, fire and medical personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle injury traffic crash just inside the entrance to Champoeg State Park. Preliminary investigation indicates a Honda Civic hatchback driven by JOHN BARRY PEARCE, age 41, from Tigard, was leaving the park grounds when PEARCE lost control. The Honda traveled off the roadway and through a fence where it rolled down and embankment.
 
PEARCE was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the scene by arriving medical personnel. He was not using safety restraints.
 
The passenger was not ejected and was seriously injured. STEVEN FRANK ELDREDGE, age 54, from Portland, was initially transported to Newberg Hospital and then transferred to Oregon Health & Sciences University. ELDREDGE was using safety restraints.
 
OSP crash reconstruction personnel responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing investigation. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors.