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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 south of St. Helens
08/25/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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One person died and another was injured Monday morning when their pickup struck the end of a loaded log truck as it turned off Highway 30 onto Old Portland Road south of St. Helens. 
 
According to Trooper Justin Oxenrider, on August 25, 2008 at approximately 9:15 a.m. a loaded log truck operated by RICARDO J. PEREZ, age 54, from Bend, was northbound on Highway 30 near milepost 26. PEREZ pulled into the right hand turn lane to turn onto Old Portland Road but as the truck turned right, the end of the log load swung into the right northbound lane where a northbound pickup with two occupants struck the end of the log load.
 
The pickup's passenger, JEFFERY DAVID LITTLE, age 28, from Warren, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The pickup's driver, NICHOLAS VILLENEUVE, age 27, from St. Helens, was transported with minor injuries to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He has been treated and released.
 
PEREZ was not injured.
 
Oregon State Police troopers, with the assistance of a crash reconstructionist, are continuing the investigation. No citations have been issued.
 
ODOT helped with traffic control until all lanes were reopened about 3:45 p.m.
Columbia County Sheriff's Office, St. Helens Police Department, ODOT Motor Carrier Enforcement personnel, and Hillsboro Fire Department assisted at the scene. Hillsboro Fire Department handled the call while Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District prepares for the memorial procession and ceremony for a fallen firefighter.