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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 north of Coquille
11/24/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 about four miles north of Coquille that resulted in the death of a Myrtle Point woman and injuries to five others, including three children.
 
According to OSP Trooper Tiffany Crutchfield, on November 23, 2011 at approximately 1:00 p.m. a 1996 Geo Tracker driven by JUDY LEA KOLLEN, age 72, from Myrtle Point, was eastbound on Highway 42 near milepost 7 when it attempted a u-turn across the wet highway. The Geo Tracker failed to yield to a westbound 2002 Ford Explorer which struck the Geo in the passenger side.
 
KOLLEN was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The Ford Explorer had five occupants who were injured and transported by ambulance to various hospitals. Driver ERIKA MARTINEZ, age 24, from Coquille, was transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Coquille Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Right front female passenger MARISOL MARTINEZ, age 26, from Coquille, was transported by Coquille Fire & Rescue to Coquille Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Three children, ages six and under, were transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. Two of the children were treated and released. The third child, age 3, was transported by air ambulance to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. Their names are not available for this release.
 
Highway 42 was closed in both directions for one hour and then open to one lane of travel until scene investigation completed.
 
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Safety restraint use information is pending confirmation.
 
Coquille Police Department, Myrtle Point Police Department, Coquille Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, ODOT and Coos County Medical Examiner's Office assisted at the scene.