Deadly Car Crash Near Phoenix

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[UPDATE 3:05 P.M.] Oregon State Police, with the assistance of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy medical examiner, is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Tuesday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 99 south of Phoenix. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Matthew Lee Wilson. Oregon State Police said next of kin were notified.

[ORIGINAL STORY] PHOENIX, Ore.– There was a deadly car crash near Phoenix on Highway 99  just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Oregon State Police say a Jeep veered off the highway near Cabbage Lane and crashed into a power pole, then a tree, and into a ditch. This caused the jeep to become engulfed in flames.

The driver of the jeep was pinned inside when the fire broke out. The driver was pronounced dead when responders arrived at the scene. Police say they are not sure what caused the accident at this time, and have not identified the driver.

Highway 99, just south of Cabbage Lane, was reduced to two lanes for about a fourth of a mile. Oregon State Police will continue to investigate this accident.


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  1. Dale Earls says:

    I sincerely hope that the driver of this jeep is resting peacefully with the angels and that his family find the strength they will need to deal with this loss. I was the only one who ran to help when I heard the cries for help. I ran as fast as I could and kept yelling back to him that I was coming to hang on. I am coming! I got to the jeep just as the screams subsided and I was helpless to do anything at that point. I am so sorry that I failed you . The pain in my heart is unbearable. I can only pray that in your last minutes you at least knew that someone cared and that someone was there with you. The tears will not stop rolling down my heartbroken face and the amount of sorrow in heart will never heal. To the family I want to say that I am so very sorry and that I did everything I could to try to help your son. Would everyone who reads this please say prayer for the young man who lost his life this morning and his Family. Words can not describe the grief in my heart.

    1. Barbara Geidel says:

      Dale – the young man you tried to save this morning is very close to my family. He is like another nephew to my husband and I. We just found out a few hours ago and we are devasted.

      Thank you for trying to save him !!!! I am a FF/EMT and I know how helpless you feel. I would like to meet with you and thank you personally. I live in Seiad Valley, CA and our number is in the phone book.

      Thank you again,

      Ralph and Barbara Geidel

      1. franco says:

        Hi my name is Franco Console, Matt was my right hand man at work for almost 3 years. i believe i met u once before in the parking lot of omars. I would really like to get a hold of kevin and was wondering if i could get his number from u. Matt was like a brother to me and i will never forget him! his tough ny attitude yet see through sensetivity was amazing. im very sorry to here ur loss of matty and i will think of him every day as long as i live. 541-840-1923. he was an amazing cook and influenced those around him tremendously!!! I Love U and Miss U Matty Matt!!!!

  2. Raina says:

    Dale, THANK YOU thank you for trying to save our friend Matt. I believe in my heart that he knew someone was there and trying to help him. My heart breaks for you. I pray for healing for your heart as well as his family’s. Ralph and Barbara are amazing people and I hope meeting some of his family helps your sorrow in some way.

  3. Brian says:

    Dale, Thankyou for trying to save are dear friend, may Matt rest in piece, and may you find piece in you mind. I cant thankyou enough for what you did to try to help.

  4. Joyce A Hammon says:


    You are a HERO! I know that all the people who loved and cared about Matt will find comfort in knowing that you were with him and tried to save him. May you find a way to have some peace in your own heart and the unbearable grief you feel.
    I was deeply saddened by Matt’s death. My heart goes out to his family, and the loving friends he had here in Seiad. He was truly loved here especially by Ralph and Barbara and the close friends he had.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Sincerely, J.A. Hammon
    Seiad Valley

  5. Tiffany Morley says:

    I can’t believe this, it feels like a dream. R.I.P Matt, we’ll all miss you so much. you’ll forever be in our hearts. never forgotten♥♥ Heaven has a spot for you and i know that because you were a great guy. A big Thankyou goes out to the people who have tried to save matt. Camping and spending time all together was the best. R.I.P♥

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