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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 west of Philomath
12/31/2011
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 Saturday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash west of Philomath that resulted in the death of a Vancouver, Washington man and minor injuries to two male passengers.
 
On December 31, 2011 at approximately 9:15 a.m. a 2004 Ford F250 pickup driven by VICTOR MANUEL RIOS-PEREZ, age 38, from Vancouver, Washington was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 47. Traveling uphill on an icy section of the highway, RIOS-PEREZ lost control and the pickup crossed the eastbound lanes into a ditch where it rolled on its top.
 
RIOS-PEREZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.
 
Both passengers received possible minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for an examination. Front passenger FREDDY ROSALES-MEZA, age 30, from Portland, was possibly ejected. Rear passenger XI JIAN ZHAO, age 43, from Portland, was partially ejected and pinned inside. Fire personnel from Corvallis and Philomath Fire Departments extricated ZHAO from the pickup. Safety restraint use by the passengers is pending confirmation.
 
Trooper Steve Kenyon from the OSP Albany Area Command office is the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Fire Department, Philomath Fire Department, and ODOT.
 
The highway was closed one hour before being opened to one lane in both directions until the scene investigation was completed.
 
OSP and ODOT urges drivers to remember road and visibility conditions may unexpectedly change during the holiday and winter season. Drive sober, be rested and alert, slow down for the conditions on the road, and "know before you go" by staying up to date of road and weather conditions posted at www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.