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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 near Tillamook
09/12/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Louisiana woman died Friday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by a sport utility vehicle that crossed the center line of Highway 101 near Tillamook. The investigation is continuing and will be forwarded to the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office when completed for review.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Collision Reconstructionist Senior Trooper James Pierce, on September 12, 2008 at approximately 3:24 p.m. a Toyota Highlander driven by JESSE JAMES MOORE, age 43, from Tillamook, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 67 when it crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with a southbound Chrysler 300 four-door rental car driven by SHIRLEY SCARCE, age 74, from Lafayette, Louisiana.
 
The right rear Chrysler passenger identified as LOU ELLA TRAHAN, age 75, from Kaplan, Louisiana, died as a result of the crash.
 
SCARCE was transported by ambulance to a unknown Portland-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The Chrysler right front passenger ELLA R. MESTAYER, age 70, from New Iberia, Louisiana, was transported to Tillamook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Left rear passenger MARIE MEIER, age 63, from Lafayette, Louisiana, was transported by LifeFlight air ambulance to a Portland-area hospital with serious injuries.
 
MOORE was transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
All occupants were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Tillamook and Astoria offices are continuing the investigation. Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local emergency responders assisted at the scene.