EUGENE, Ore. — At least one person is still in intensive care following a late-night crash in north Eugene.
Broken glass and a broken home litter the streets after a crash Monday night at the intersection of Irving Road and Oxford Court.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Raymond Frost was driving a stolen Camry on Oxford Court when it ran right into a maroon Mazda driven by 25-year-old Nicholas Matthews. The crash sent the Mazda into a nearby home.
“My boyfriend and I were watching a movie, and we heard this loud crashing almost like someone took a huge piece of glass and threw it on all over the road. It was just weird,” said resident Michelle Johnson.
Residents say the sound couldn’t be ignored.
“I heard someone yelling, ‘Help me! Help me!’ So I ran up to the one car by the house, and I pulled the one person out,” said resident William Widdifield.
It wasn’t long before crews arrived to help. The road was shut down for more than two hours as first responders worked to clear the scene. Residents say speeding in their neighborhood is a problem.
“With the people flying by in their cars, I just think there needs to be some kind of a warning or some kind of yield in this neighborhood,” Johnson said.
But deputies say there is only so much that can be done in situations like this.
“The bottom line is that is someone is out there drinking and driving unsafely and speeding. Call 9-1-1, which is exactly what they did, and we’ll try to get out here as quickly as we possibly can so we can intervene before tragedies like this happen,” said Sgt. Steve Sieczkowski, Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office say they believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, but the investigation is still ongoing.