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FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 130 (LITTLE NESTUCCA HIGHWAY) EAST OF HIGHWAY 101
12/10/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash after a vehicle was found on its top Tuesday afternoon in the Little Nestucca River about 3 miles east of Highway 101. The vehicle reportedly drove off Highway 130 where it was spotted in the river. The victim's name is being released.
 
On December 9, 2008 at approximately 3:30 p.m. occupants of a school bus reported seeing a vehicle on its top partially submerged in the Little Nestucca River in southern Tillamook County. Emergency responders arriving on scene near milepost 3 confirmed the report as the passenger car was down an approximate 30-foot embankment with an adult female inside.
 
Oregon State Police troopers advise roadway evidence indicates the car was eastbound entering a right curve when it drove straight off the highway and down the embankment to its final resting place.
 
The victim is identified as CHARLEE MAXINE RUSSO, age 38, from southeast Portland. Troopers learned she was visiting a relative in Cloverdale. She was last seen Monday night about 8:30 p.m. and may have been driving back to the Portland area at the time of the crash. The vehicle was removed from the river by a local tow company.
 
OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation.