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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 east of Myrtle Point
12/21/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Wednesday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 about eight miles east of Myrtle Point that resulted in the death of a 24-year old man.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Josh Young, on December 21, 2011 at approximately 3:02 a.m. a single vehicle rollover crash was reported along Highway 42 near milepost 29. Preliminary investigation indicates a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by LEVI JAMES GARDNER, age 24, from the Bridge / Myrtle Point area was westbound when it struck a deer in the road. GARDNER lost control on the icy highway, traveled into a ditch and rolled before coming to rest on its driver side off the highway.
 
GARDNER was not using safety restraints and was partially ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The deer was also found dead at the scene.
 
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
Coos County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Point Police Department, Bridge Fire Department, Myrtle Point Ambulance, ODOT and Coos County Medical Examiner assisted at the scene.
Conditions were described as dense fog and icy.
 
OSP and ODOT urges drivers to remember road and visibility conditions may unexpectedly change during the holiday and winter season. Be rested, alert, slow down for the conditions on the road, and "know before you go" by staying up to date on road and weather conditions by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
 
Also, remember the 2011 Christmas Holiday period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 23, and concludes 11:59 p.m., December 26. Oregon law enforcement agencies asks everyone to remember to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".