Driver Killed in Fatal Traffic Accident

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriffs Office was called out to a rollover traffic accident Saturday.

Around 11:20 p.m. deputies found a Kia SUV on the 4700 block of Happy Valley Road. It appeared the vehicle had left the roadway and then reentered, during which the driver lost control causing the vehicle to rollover.

The driver, Kaylyn Oelrich, 18, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Three other passengers were in the vehicle; Hector Mandera, 18, Jose Garcia, 18, and a 14-year-old juvenile sustained injuries during the accident and were transported to Mercy Medical Center.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, but there is no indication that speed was a factor in the accident. The case remains under investigation.


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  1. Postone says:

    I can tell you exactly why this happened. She wasn’t driving she was steering that vehicle. If there was no mechanical problems with that car, then that only leaves driver error. The sad part is, 99% of drivers on the road are steering their vehicles, and most are steering them too fast, and following too closely.

    The difference between driving a vehicle and steering a vehicle is vast! I steered a 1969 Chevy Impala while sitting on my fathers lab when I was 10.

    Driving a vehicle means you are driving for conditions of the road. You aren’t speeding, you aren’t following too closely (tailgating, something most people do at 60, 70, 80 miles an hour routinely) to the vehicle in front of you. Not cutting off other vehicles, either because you are mad at them because they aren’t driving as fast as you want them to and you have to go around them. Or you want to get that exit that you almost missed because you were talking on your cell phone, your passenger, day dreaming, etc…

    Driving a vehicle means you know where other cars and trucks are around you and you are watching people coming on and off the freeway. It means you don’t come on a freeway at 45, 50 miles an hour (which almost all of you do) when you must know everyone on that freeway are going at least 60 miles an hour. Which makes you major hazard to others already on the freeway.

    No this wasn’t an accident, this was person who wasn’t paying attention to driving that vehicle. And some times (and I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often) you and others get hurt because you are only steering that vehicle instead of driving it!

    I have seen it many times, people cutting off each other, tailgating at break neck speeds, throwing things at each other, flipping off each other, etc… You people know what I’m talking about because you are the people I’m talking about! And many of these people have small children in the back in car seats watching and learning how mommy and daddy steer their vehicles! And they grow up steering a vehicle the same way, and teach their children!

    You can get lucky a zillion times, but usually you only get unlucky once! Of course anyone with a brain cell in their head knows its not about being lucky or unlucky! It’s about driving vs. steering…

    I have been driving a big rig for 17years now, and while I’m not perfect I never been in an accident except for one time when I was steering my 1971 Chevy Impala in Houston, Texas messing with the radio knobs turning left with a green light with on coming traffic which had the right of way. A 1974 Camaro hit me (he was going 60mph in town) fortunately no one was hurt except for his Camaro and my Impala. The point is I was 21 years old and I decided I need to drive my vehicle not steer it!

    I haven’t gotten a ticket in almost twenty years now, and no other accident!

    Good luck people….

    1. Dawna says:

      Wikipedia Definition of “Accident” : An accident or a mishap is an accident and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome which might have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence.

      Nearly 2 years later and I think of the above comment, the lack of compassion, kindness and caring behind it. And now that I am past being angry about it…Here is my reply. Steering or Driving…whichever You prefer to call it…The reality is this it was still an accident that cost her her own life. I know my daughter did not intend for this Accident to happen. She did not want to die nor did she want anyone else in the car to suffer the injuries they did. I hope that if an “accident” like this ever happen to someone You love and care about that You will remember that no matter whether they were as You call it “Steering or Driving” That I will have compassion for You and those involved in the Accident. And I hope You think about your comments and the hurt they can cause to others. I am so thankful that although my daughter made mistakes…one fatal one that cost her her life…She never ever lacked kindness, caring, love and compassion for others…even ones she didn’t know.

  2. Annoyed says:

    I’m sure that information truly helped the family through this horrible time. If you want to inform the community of proper driving technique, maybe try doing it with a little more class. You will be surprised at how many more people you can influence.

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