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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 east of Remote of Coos County
12/26/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's four vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 east of Remote that resulted in the death of a 74-year old Coos Bay woman. Three other people were injured, two seriously. This was the second fatal traffic crash in this area during the Christmas Holiday weekend, both of which were ice-related.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Steve Mitchell, on December 26, 2009 at approximately 9:36 a.m., a 2003 Dodge pickup driven by BRETT DEAN BISHOP, age 25, from Warrenton, was westbound negotiating a curve crossing a bridge when it lost control due to icy conditions. The Dodge pickup crossed the eastbound lane, crashed into a guardrail and then sideswiped an eastbound 2002 Honda CRV driven by COURTNEY TYRELL HEROLD, age 23, from Prineville. The pickup continued in the eastbound lane and crashed nearly head-on with a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by RONALD EUGENE BECK, age 58, from Prosser, Washington. The force of this impact pushed the Chrysler backwards into the front of a trailing eastbound 2004 Nissan Quest van driven by JULIANNE R. TIPTON, age 55, from Bandon.
 
The left rear passenger of the Chrysler identified as SIGRID WILMA WHEELER, age 74, from Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation through the investigation. Two other passengers identified as SARAH HELEN BECK, age 54, and AMBER NICOLE OLSON, age 22, both from Prosser, Washington were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with serious injuries. Another passenger, ROBERT D. BECK, age 25, also from Prosser, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries. Driver RONALD BECK received minor injuries, but there is no information that he was transported for treatment. All vehicle occupants other than the deceased victim were confirmed as using safety restraints.
 
BRETT BISHOP and his 25-year old female passenger were not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
 
HEROLD and his two female passengers, ages 48 and 12, were not injured. All were using safety restraints.
 
TIPTON and her 85-year old female passenger were not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Coos County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Bridge Fire Department and Myrtle Point Ambulance responded and assisted at the scene. Traffic was down to one lane for approximately 5 hours.