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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Florence
08/01/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Two Florence-area residents died Friday afternoon on Highway 101 south of Florence when their small pickup lost control and was struck broadside. Two others received non-life threatening injuries in the crash that is still under investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP).
 
According to OSP Trooper Justin Goldsmith, on July 31, 2009 at approximately 1:52 p.m. a 1985 Nissan pickup driven by MONTANA MAX OETKEN, age 18, from Florence, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 194 by the Sand Dune Frontier parking lot. For an unknown reason, the OETKEN lost control and the pickup crossed into the southbound lane sideways were it was struck in the passenger side by a 1997 GMC Sierra pickup driven by DENNIS D. JOHNSON, age 61, from Fairview, Oregon.
 
OETKEN and his right front passenger BRYAN ROBERT GOODWIN, age 38, from Florence, were both pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
JOHNSON and his right front passenger JEANETTE M. WRIGHT, age 73, from southeast Portland, received non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center by Western Lane Ambulance.
 
Safety restraint use information is not available.
 
Highway 101 was partially blocked for 4 1/2 hours during the investigation that is being continued by OSP troopers from the Florence work site.
 
Lane County Sheriff's Office, Siuslaw Valley Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.