EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicated six people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during Labor Day Weekend.
On August 30, a 74-year-old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier. The driver fled the scene, but OSP caught the driver about five miles down the road and arrested them on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, felony hit & run, and a misdemeanor warrant.
Also on August 30, a 40-year-old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. Troopers say speed may have been a contributing factor.
On August 31, a 47-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both of Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138.
On September 1, a 27-year-old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using her seatbelt and was ejected.
Also on September 1, a 48-year-old man from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101, two miles north of Florence.
This year’s six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.