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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 west of Drain
Lieutenant Douglas Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3334

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Coos Bay woman found Monday in her car partially submerged in Elk Creek along the south side of Highway 38 west of Drain. The fatal crash scene was reported by an area resident tending livestock who saw the upside down car in the creek. The victim's name is released following next of kin notification.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Kevin Bennett, on November 23, 2009 at approximately 11:38 a.m. OSP was notified by Douglas County Sheriff's Office of a reported car upside down in about 3 – 4 feet of water in Elk Creek off Highway 38 near milepost 42. Two members of the Douglas County dive team responded and confirmed about two hours later that there was a deceased female operator inside the car.
The deceased driver is identified as DARCIE AYRES KROH, age 32, from Coos Bay. She was using a shoulder safety belt but was not using the lap safety restraint belt.
The area resident who spotted the upside down car told investigators that he and his wife heard a loud noise about 2:30 a.m.
Preliminary investigation by OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office indicates the 1990 Toyota four-door driven by KROH was eastbound when it drove off onto the right shoulder, traveling about 150 feet before partially striking a power pole. The car then traveled down the embankment and flipped onto its top in the creek where it was found.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas Fire Department and ODOT.