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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Coos Bay
Sergeant John Keeler
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
Office: (541) 888-2677

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One person was killed and two others injured in a multi-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 101 approximately 14 miles north of Coos Bay, Oregon.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Kelly Katsikis, on July 12, 2008 at approximately 1:05 p.m. a 2004 Ford Taurus sedan operated by GINGER HELEN JONES, age 56, of Keizer, was traveling southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 220. The Ford Taurus had come to a stop in the southbound lane of Highway 101 in anticipation of turning left into a private driveway. While the Ford Taurus was stopped and waiting to turn it was struck from behind by a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up driven by LEONARD ENOR ARANT, age 76, of Coos Bay.
After being struck from behind the Ford Taurus was pushed into the northbound lane of travel where it was struck by a 2001 Dodge Caravan operated by JAMES SHELBY CAWVEY, age 80, or Reedsport. After striking the Ford Taurus, the Dodge Caravan continued northbound for a short distance before it collided with the Chevrolet pickup near the middle of the highway.
JONES was extricated from the Ford Taurus and transported to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay where she died. All occupants of the three vehicles involved in the crash were wearing safety belts. However, it appears that JONES' safety belt may not have been worn properly.
CAWVEY and his passenger in the Dodge Caravan, DONNA FAYE CAWVEY, age 77, also of Reedsport were transported to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
ARANT received only minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. He was issued a citation for Careless Driving.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. Bay Cities Ambulance, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Lakeside Rural Fire Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT all provided assistance at the crash scene.