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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 north of Eugene
12/26/2011
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 Christmas evening's two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on the north end of Eugene that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others. Any witnesses who haven't given a statement to investigators is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
 
According to Sergeant Alan Gilbert, on December 25, 2011 at approximately 6:30 p.m. OSP was notified of a fatal traffic crash on Highway 99 between Clear Lake Road and Airport Road. Eugene police initially responded and then notified OSP there was a fatality involved. OSP troopers responded to investigate the crash.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Ford F350 pickup driven by THOMAS J. McNEALY, age 55, from Walterville, was northbound on Highway 99 in the left lane when it collided with a 1999 Honda Civic two-door that was southbound in the northbound lane. After impact, both vehicles came to rest off the highway.
 
The Honda's driver, JONATHAN GOLZ, age 22, from Veneta, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger RUDY G. ADAMS JR, age 28, from Eugene, was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries.
 
McNEALY and his passenger/daughter, AMANDA McNEALY, age 21, were also transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. THOMAS received non-life threatening injuries. AMANDA received serious injuries.
 
All occupants were using safety restraints.
 
Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
 
Highway 99 was closed five hours during the investigation.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Eugene Police Department, Junction City Police Department, Eugene Fire & Rescue, Lane Rural Fire & Rescue, Lane County District Attorney's Office, Lane County Medical Examiner and ODOT assisted at the scene.