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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south Tillamook
12/16/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash in Tillamook County after a report was received Monday morning of a submerged vehicle in the Nestucca River off Highway 101 south of Farmer Creek.

 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl, on December 15, 2008 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Tillamook County 9-1-1 was contacted by the victim's sister reporting she was missing after driving from her boyfriend's house on Highway 22 Sunday night. Later in the day the victim's father spotted a submerged vehicle in the Nestucca River along Highway 101 near milepost 83.
 
OSP, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders went to the area and confirmed the report. When the vehicle was removed from the river the victim, identified as JENNIFER LIGHTFOOT, age 21, from Beaver, Oregon, was found deceased inside.
Preliminary investigation indicates LIGHTFOOT was driving a 1995 Toyota 4Runner southbound on Highway 101 negotiating a curve when it slid off the highway and went into the Nestucca River. The vehicle came to rest on its top completely submerged.
 
Slick highway conditions were a factor in the crash.
 
OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation. Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted at the scene.