Semi truck hits elk on Highway 20

At around 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, a tractor-trailer combination being driven by a 42-year-old Junction City man crashed into two elk on Highway 20 near milepost 25.

The semi had been headed west when it struck the elk in the westbound lane. As a result of the collision, the truck was inoperable, and the driver, who was not injured, arranged for it to be towed from the scene.

Man charged with DUII after crashing vehicle

An Oregon State Police officer investigated a crash near milepost 28 on Highway 229 (Siletz Highway) at around 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.

According to the OSP report, a vehicle was traveling south when it left the roadway and crashed. During an investigation, the driver, identified as Kyle James Day, 56, of Siletz, was exhibiting signs of impairment. He agreed to provide a blood sample for analysis, according to the report, and he was cited and released for DUII-alcohol. 

The vehicle was removed from the scene by Coast Towing. Officers from the Toledo Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted OSP.

Man charged with drunk driving 

A Gresham man was charged with DUII on Sept. 25 after the BMW he was driving crashed on Highway 18 near milepost 6.5 at around 11:45 p.m.

An Oregon State Police investigation determined that the vehicle struck a road sign, a highway marker and a power pole support cable as it left the highway and crashed into some trees.

The driver, identified as Gabriel Shawn Vigil, 50, was transported to the hospital, where his blood-alcohol concentration was measured at 0.28 percent, three-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Vigil was cited for DUII-alcohol, driving while suspended and failure to install an interlock ignition device. A search warrant was obtained to seize a blood sample for evidence.

Car Care Towing removed the vehicle from the crash scene. 

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Rollover crash leads to charges

An Oregon State Police officer was dispatched at around 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 28 to a report of a rollover crash on Highway 101 near milepost 7.7.

A Dodge Ram pickup was heading west, towing a 10-foot box trailer when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle drove off the westbound shoulder. The vehicle traveled up an embankment until it rolled over, causing the trailer to also rollover and detach.

The trailer was damaged and partially opened so that the state trooper could see numerous green marijuana stalks, along with jars of harvested marijuana bud. The driver, identified as Joel Scott Swenson, 35, of Alsea, was showing signs of impairment, according to the OSP report, and he performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where he consented to a breath and urine test. Swenson was cited for DUII-controlled substance, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief. He was remanded to the custody of Lincoln County Parole and Probation for the purpose of investigation of parole violations.

Man cited for careless driving 

A man was cited for careless driving following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20, near milepost 7.7

According to an Oregon State Police report, Robert Jay Hadley, 60, of Toledo, was driving a 1968 Corvette at around 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 29 when he attempted to turn left onto Highway 20 westbound and lost control of his vehicle. He entered the eastbound lane, and an oncoming Toyota Prius was unable to stop before it hit the Corvette. Both drivers were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, and both vehicles were removed from the scene by Coast Towing.

Car rolls after leaving highway

An Oregon State Police officer investigated a crash near milepost 4 on Highway 18 at around 8:50 p.m. on Sept. 29.

A Cadillac Escalade was traveling west when the rear passenger side tire went off the road, causing the car to slide into the ditch. The vehicle then tipped and began to roll for approximately 100 feet down the side of Highway 18 in the ditch, coming to a stop on its roof. As it was rolling, the car struck a mailbox, which broke loose and hit an eastbound vehicle — that second car sustained cosmetic damage only.

The driver of the Cadillac was taken by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City for evaluation, and his car was towed by Car Care Towing. 

Man cited for making dangerous left turn

At around 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, a Kia sedan was headed south on Highway 101 near milepost 157 in Waldport when the driver began a left turn onto Southwest Ridge Drive. When doing so, he turned in front of an oncoming Ford F450 pickup, causing a crash.

No injuries were reported. Rowley’s Towing responded to remove the Kia. The company owning the Ford pickup arranged for their own tow.

The driver of the Kia, identified as William Arthur Kobialka, 62, of Seal Rock, was cited for performing a dangerous left turn. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response assisted with directing traffic around the crash scene.

Pickup hits elk on Highway 229

At around 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 2, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup towing a boat and trailer was heading north on Highway 229 (Siletz Highway) when it struck an elk crossing the road near milepost 16.2. No injuries were reported. 

Coast Towing responded to tow the truck to Junction City, as requested by the owner. The driver had made arraignments for a friend to pick them up and recover the boat and trailer. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife also responded to assist in recovery of the elk — the driver took possession of the deceased cow elk.

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