A pair of crashes Sunday in Gleneden Beach and Newport were responsible for a death and sending four to hospitals.
Oregon State Troopers were called to Gleneden Beach shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday for a two car collision that led to the arrest of one of the drivers for DUII and the death of a passenger.
According to investigators, Johnny Lee Widerman, 33, of Newport, was traveling southbound in a Chevy pickup on Highway 101 when he crossed into the northbound lane and struck a Chrysler Pacifica van, killing one of its passengers, Ruben Estaban Vasquez, 20, of Woodburn. The driver of the van and two other passengers were taken to hospitals for injuries, one via Life Flight to Portland.
Law enforcement took Widerman into custody for DUII, manslaughter, assault, reckless driving and criminal mischief. He was booked at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $400,000.
Oregon State Police was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Major Crash Team, Newport Police, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and ODOT.
Newport was the scene of a two-vehicle head-on crash at NW 25th Street & Highway 101 Sunday afternoon, sending one passenger to the hospital.
Eyewitness reports said a red Toyota was headed southbound through the intersection of NW 25th Street when a red Ford sedan turned left from the north.
Three younger females were in the red Toyota and none suffered major injuries. One of the girls said it was her birthday and she wasn’t expecting anything like this to happen.
The driver of the Ford sedan was an older man with a passenger who was being treated to by first responders inside the vehicle. The passenger sustained injuries and was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
Newport Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Pacific West Ambulance, Oregon State Police and Newport Police responded to the crash.