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Deadly Head-On Collision Kills One, Injures Two in Coos County

Investigators suspect that speed and alcohol use were a factor in the collision.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 3:34 PM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2018 10:15 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. — One person is dead and two others in the hospital after a head-on collision on Highway 42 near milepost 22. The wreck occurred Thursday, March 1 at 5:45 p.m., and left the two vehicles involved severely mangled.

Investigators believe that a westbound white Nissan Frontier, driven by 22 year-old Garrison Demain of Coquille, crossed the center-line. Demain's vehicle collided with an eastbound red Ford Escape, driven by 57 year-old Kathy Hebert.

Hebert's passenger, 51 year-old Daniel McCutcheon, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hebert was transported to the Bay Area Hospital for treatment, then transferred to OHSU by air. Demain was brought to Coquille Valley Hospital.

Investigators aren't sure yet why Demain's vehicle crossed the center-line, however they do believe that speed, alcohol use, and reckless driving may have been involved.

Oregon State Police are looking for witnesses who may have observed the Nissan's driving behavior prior to the crash. They ask that anyone with information call OSP dispatch at (541) 269-5000, referencing case #SP18077185.

Friends and family are raising money for Kathy Hebert's recovery, here.

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