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Eugene Man Arrested Related to July 2008 Fatal Crash on Highway 36
09/25/2008
Lieutenant Mike Bloom
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

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Oregon State Police arrested a Eugene-area man Wednesday for manslaughter, assault, and DUII charges related to a July 2008 fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Eugene woman and injuries to three others on Highway 36 near Blachly.
 
RICKY LEE GUNDERSON, age 22, from Eugene, was arrested and lodged in Lane County Jail for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, DUII, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

 
On July 19, 2008 at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 2004 Kia Spectra four-door driven by CHERYL MacNEIL, age 47, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 36 near milepost 30 when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by GUNDERSON crossed the centerline into the path of the Kia. Both vehicles collided head-on in the westbound lane.

 
MacNEIL was extricated from her car by fire personnel and transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Hospital but she reportedly died enroute. A passenger in her car, ROBERT RUSLEY from Junction City, was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 
GUNDERSON and passenger MATT SWANGER, from Eugene, was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office were assisted at the scene by members of the Lane County Sheriffs Office, ODOT, Lane Rural Fire Department, and the Lake Creek Rural Fire Department.