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Update: Oakridge Police Officer's Condition Improves; Investigation Continuing
10/13/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Chief Louis Gomez
Oakridge Police Department
Office: (541) 782-4232

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving an Oakridge police officer and a 91-year old Oakridge woman. The woman died following the crash and the Oakridge police officer's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.
 
The fatal traffic crash happened on October 12, 2009 at approximately 3:48 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 58 and Crestview Street in Oakridge involving a marked Oakridge Police Department patrol car driven by Officer DANIEL MILLER and a 1965 Ford Thunderbird driven by VIRGINIA SPALINGER, age 91, from Oakridge. Additional preliminary details were released Monday night and are available on the OSP website.
 
The condition of Officer MILLER, age 27, was upgraded from critical to stable condition at a Springfield-area hospital. MILLER has worked as a full-time police officer for 13 months, and he was a reserve officer with their department for 7 months prior to be hired full time.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Oakridge and Springfield offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of Oakridge Police Department. No other information will be released pending the ongoing investigation.
 
Anyone witnesses who have not been interviewed by OSP investigators is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Dusty Sprague at (541) 782-4374.