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Update: Truck Driver Arrested in Relation to Monday's Fatal Crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home
Sergeant Craig Flierl
Oregon State Police - Albany
Office: (541) 967-2026
Secondary Contact:
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

(Note: A link to the initial news release with two photographs from the crash scene is available on the OSP website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/07_27_2009_fatal_hwy20_mp54.shtml )
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, working in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, arrested a commercial truck driver in relation to the death of a Bend woman during a Monday afternoon traffic crash east of Sweet Home.
According to OSP Sergeant Craig Flierl, on July 28, 2009 at 3:15 p.m., OSP troopers arrested BILLY WAYNE FLOYD, age 28, from Las Vegas, Nevada for Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. The arrest is part of the ongoing investigation into the July 27th fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home that resulted in the death of ETHEL ANN HOPKINS, age 63, from Bend.
ETHEL ANN HOPKINS was killed Monday afternoon in a head-on collision with a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. HOPKINS was a passenger in a red Dodge Dakota pickup towing a light blue trailer driven by her husband that was struck by a commercial truck driven by FLOYD. The commercial truck towing a semi-trailer reportedly was westbound and failed to negotiate a corner, crossing into the eastbound lane where it struck the Dodge Dakota head-on.

Other motorists were able to pull the victim's husband, CRAIG SCOTT HOPKINS, age 66, from the pickup before all vehicles were consumed by fire. CRAIG HOPKINS was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.
FLOYD was transported to the Linn County Jail and lodged on the above-mentioned charges.

The investigation is being conducted by troopers from the Oregon State Police Albany Area Command. Troopers from the Bend, Springfield, and Salem OSP area commands also assisted. Additional assistance on the scene was provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Linn County Sheriff's office, and US Forest Service law enforcement personnel.

Troopers are interested in speaking with any witnesses to the crash or to anyone who observed the commercial vehicle prior to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Scott Hite at 541-967-2026 ext. 4440.
No FLOYD photograph available at this time. If one is available later it will be forwarded to media.