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Sheriff: Drunk driving suspected in fatal rollover crash near White City

An Eagle point man was killed in the crash on Saturday afternoon, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 2:02 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 2:28 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Deputies believe that drunk driving may have contributed to a fatal rollover crash east of White City on Saturday afternoon, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Dispatch received a 911 call just before 3:30 p.m., with a witness reporting they had seen a crash near the intersection of Bigham Brown Road and Antelope Road.

"The caller reported a car had rolled into a pasture; its single occupant was trapped inside," JCSO said.

Deputies, firefighters and paramedics all responded to the area. They found the driver, 78-year-old William Leroy Atwood, dead at the scene.

Investigators established that Atwood had been driving south on Bigham Brown in his 2011 Subaru Outback when he hit the curve at Antelope Road. JCSO said Atwood did not slow down enough for the 90-degree turn and careened into a pasture at high speeds, rolling the car.

"Deputies obtained information that Atwood had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash," JCSO said, adding that an investigator from the Medical Examiner's Office also responded. "Toxicology tests will be conducted to confirm whether intoxicants contributed to the incident."

A dog found in the car was apparently uninjured, and Jackson County Animal Control was able to reunite the dog with a family member.

JCSO said that an investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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