LEABURG, Ore. - The wife of a man killed on Highway 126 on Monday said it looks like his car malfunctioned before the crash.
Tori Langan, the wife of Nathan Langan, said he had been on his way back from buying a used car in Bend. Langan said he was only 45 minutes from their Harrisburg home when disaster struck.
Langan said that her husband bought the car knowing the power steering wasn't working. She said he put the power steering fluid in before leaving. But at some point on the drive, something went wrong within the car, causing him to drift into the oncoming lane. Langan said because the steering was not working well, it prevented him from steering back into his lane.
Langan hit a pick-up truck head-on and died at the scene.
"I know that they were able to tell me that he was gone instantly so he didn't have to suffer. So I'm just holding onto that right now," said Langan.
The two-lane highway is no stranger to crashes. One of the latest happened in September of 2021 near Leaburg as well.
Langan said she visited that stretch of highway on Thursday and said that something needs to change in the area. She said cars are often speeding down the area and the road is too narrow.
"We've been talking about it to our family and just what could be done to change it," said Langan. "All I can think of is the road is there's nothing separating the lanes there. But it's hard to say."
Langan said it's a part of a long-term conversation, one that will take time.
But for now her focus is on her family, her children, and keeping her husband's memory alive.
"I just hope everyone remembers him for how kind he was, how friendly. He just loved people so much. he loved people. I think it's something he didn't even know is that people loved him so much," said Langan. "He put a lot of effort into being a good dad. Really a one of a kind person."
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family. You can access it here: