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Fatal crash shuts down Washington Street in Eugene

Officers said the crash involved a single vehicle that hit a parked car.

Posted: Oct 1, 2018 12:53 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2018 5:02 PM

UPDATE: The man who died in the crash has been identified as Jeffrey Muiderman, 57, of Eugene.

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police are investigating a crash that happened on Monday afternoon that left one person dead.

Residents in the area said they saw and heard the whole thing.

The driver hit a parked vehicle belonging to Katie Ravitch on Washington Street, between 18th and 19th Avenues.

"I was just really thankful that we were inside and that nobody was hurt," Ravitch said. "It was really kind of miraculous."

Ravitch said she and her two boys had just gotten home and out of the vehicle that the driver hit just half an hour before the wreck happened.

From what other residents in the area said, they narrowly avoided disaster.

Area resident Sandy Raney said that driver missed hitting she and her dog by inches.

"The thing came flying by me at about 90 or 100 miles an hour," Raney said. "Almost hit us. Came about six inches from my dog and I as we were starting to get in our car."

Bill Sharp lives about 100 feet from where the driver's car ended up, and was shocked to see his neighbor's car on the sidewalk.

"The deceased's car had to hit the parked SUV and drive it backwards approximately 50 feet," Sharp said.

Ravitch and Raney said they thought there had been an explosion.

"It sounded like an explosion," Ravitch said.

Raney said, "I heard a huge explosion. He had hit several cars."

Orion Lloyd lives next to Sharp, and said he didn't see the wreck until he got home from school.

"I saw that and it was just complete carnage," Lloyd said. "A total wreck."

When the wreck happened, Sharp said he ran out to the driver to see if he could help.

"There were about three or four of us standing around," Sharp said. "The engine caught fire, so I went to the passenger side door, opened it up, looked inside to see if he was awake. He wasn't awake. I tried to wake him up, and he wouldn't awaken. He was breathing a little bit at that point."

Ravitch said the last thing she's worried about is her totaled car.

"That's just stuff. That's nothing," Ravitch said. "I'm just thankful that these guys are okay and that everyone in the neighborhood is okay."

The person driving that car has been identified and police have notified the family. However, they won't be releasing the name until Tuesday to allow the family time to notifiy everyone about what has happened.

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UPDATE: One person has died in the crash, according to police.

Officers said the crash involved a single vehicle that hit a parked car. They said only one person was involved in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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EUGENE, Ore. -- A crash at Washington Street and West 19th Avenue has closed part of Washington Street.

Eugene police say to avoid Washington Street from West 18th Avenue to West 23rd Avenue as police and emergency personnel respond to the crash.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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