JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Family and friends are mourning the death of a young Springfield woman who died in a high-speed crash.
The crash happened around 9 p.m. Thursday night on River Road near Brown’s Landing.
There are still bits and pieces of the Ford Explorer all along the side of the road. Lane County sheriff’s deputies say its driver lost control. While the exact cause of the crash is still being investigated, neighbors weren’t surprised to hear that speed was a factor.
“I heard a siren go down the street and the next thing I heard was the choppers and I knew the last time I heard that, it was Life Flight and I figured it wasn’t pretty,” said resident Kim Sherman.
Deputies say 26-year-old Morgan Smither was speeding down River Road when she lost control of her SUV and slammed into a power pole, shearing it near the base. The Ford Explorer then rolled nearly 100 yards before stopping in the middle of the road.
Friday morning, while the sirens and flashing lights were gone, remnants of the tragedy remain–a scene neighbors are all too familiar with.
“This corner here has been in numerous accidents. I think this is the fourth accident we’ve seen here, and we’ve been here a little less than three years,” said resident Mike Campbell.
For many, the memories don’t fade over time.
“A little less than a year ago, I was actually the first one on scene and it’s almost in exactly in the same spot. It’s disturbing and nobody wants to deal with that,” Campbell said.
Neighbors say while it might not be the exact cause of every crash, speed is usually a factor. But when it comes to a solution, they’re not really sure if there is one.
“It seems to me I think more and more that people just don’t think about the circumstances of other people around here,” Sherman said.
They just hope it won’t take more tragedies like this for drivers to open their eyes.
“I just feel really bad for the people involved,” Campbell said.
“I just feel really sorry definitely for their lost. I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” Sherman said.
Lane County sheriff’s deputies said minutes before the crash, they got several calls about the same SUV speeding down this road. They are still investigating the exact cause of the crash, but they don’t think alcohol was involved.