Deputies: Alcohol, speed likely factors in crash that killed Springfield man

The crash happened west of Sweet Home early Sunday.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 4:42 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. -- Alcohol and speed are believed to have played a role in a crash that killed a Springfield man early Sunday near Sweet Home, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said Jackie Saari, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, James Wilson, 35, of Springfield was extricated from the vehicle and taken to RiverBend Hospital with significant injuries.

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Investigators said Saari was driving a 2007 Honda Civic north on Brush Creek Road at about 2:10 a.m. when he tried to get around a corner, drove onto the gravel shoulder and over-corrected his steering, causing the car to roll multiple times before coming to a stop.

The wreck happened near the intersection of Childers Road.

Both Saari and Wilson were wearing seatbelts.

The Sweet Home and Mohawk Valley fire departments, Sweet Home Funeral Home and AA Towing assisted deputies.

The investigation is ongoing.

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