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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation - Highway 101 / Lakeside
07/20/2012
The following is a news release from Coos County Sheriff's Office

Investigators from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Coos County Crash Team are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 101 near milepost 223 near Lakeside.

The ongoing investigation revealed on July 17, 2012 at approximately 4:55 p.m. a gold Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Carl R. Haney, age 35, from Gold Beach, caused the crash while fleeing an Oregon State Police trooper. Investigators confirmed Haney had outstanding felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants for his arrest for Failure to Appear out of Jackson and Morrow counties.

Investigators also learned earlier that afternoon police received numerous reckless driving reports of a gold Chevrolet Cavalier traveling northbound on Highway 101 in northern Curry County and southern Coos County. The reports included complaints of speeding and passing other vehicles in a dangerous manner.

An Oregon State Police trooper from the Coos Bay Area Command office spotted the vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 101 near the McCullough Bridge and attempted to stop it. The vehicle’s driver failed to yield and sped away northbound.

In the area of Highway 101 near milepost 223 there is a small bridge that travels over Spinreel Road and a railroad trestle. As Haney traveled northbound toward the bridge, he attempted to pass other northbound vehicles including a commercial vehicle. While attempting to pass these vehicles on the bridge the Chevrolet Cavalier struck the end of a guardrail at the north end of the bridge, sending it into oncoming traffic and a vehicle operated by a couple from Chula Vista, California.

Carl Haney was not the registered owner of the vehicle he was driving. When contacted, the vehicle's owner told police Haney did not have permission to use the vehicle. Investigators also found small amounts of suspected illegal drugs in Haney's pants. The investigation continues including awaiting toxicology results from an autopsy.

Coos County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any witnesses who may have seen the gold Chevrolet Cavalier traveling in a reckless manner before the crash occurred. Anyone with information to share with investigators is asked to call (541) 396-2106.