Springfield Man Dies in Crash

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police are still trying to find out what happened in the moments before a car crash that led to a  man’s death Saturday night.

Police say 63-year-old Donald Dorry from Springfield was headed eastbound on Main street around 4:30 in the afternoon when he lost control of his car, ran onto the sidewalk and hit a bus sign near 41st St.

The car came to a stop after getting sandwiched between a power pole and a gas station sign. Dorry, the only person in the car, was unconscious. He was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Blocks before the crash, witnesses noticed something wasn’t right.

“He was reported by one witness to be driving erratically blocks prior to the crash. Then there was a few other witnesses that did not see a driver sitting up in the seat at the time of the crash,” said Springfield police officer Neil Halttunen.

Investigators believe a medical issue could be to blame but that’s still under investigation.

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  1. Jim Dorry says:

    A message from your older brother. Dear Don. You were one in a million. While sometimes you had a short fuse, as most siblings do with each other, your self sacrifice and love for others was longer country mile. After mom’s near fatal accident you visited her almost daily, often times selling personal property to raise gas money to drive to Portland, and then to Eugene where she was moved after almost a year. She remained in the nursing home almost another year and then you moved her home. You became her full time personal caregiver. You gave up so much to give full time care to mom. You knew that one of God’s calling on all our lives is care for our parents in their old age. You did what some wouldn’t or couldn’t do. I may have served in the Armed Forces for 30 years and received many medals, awards and promotions, but all that pales in comparison to your devotion and love above and beyond the call of duty. I am sorry I never said this enough while you were with us. I pray your spirit has been made aware of this by our Lord and Savior. It would be painful to have to wait until our time is up to share how much of a blessing you were to us in your selflessness. I love you and thank God for who God created you to be.


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