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Feb 04,2008
Teen driver killed, 2 injured in Highway 101 head-on crash
by Cheryl McDermott

A teenage driver from Beaver, Oregon was killed and two others injured Saturday night when she lost control of her station wagon on Highway 101 about 20 miles south of Tillamook and crashed head-on with an SUV, troopers reported. 

17-year-old Elizabeth Bryson was pronounced dead at the scene near milepost 84 about 9 p.m. on February 2, Oregon State Police (OSP) said.

Preliminary investigation suggests that Bryson lost control of her 1995 Saturn was traveling south on Highway 101 and was coming out of a left curve when she crossed the centerline and collided with a 1999 Ford Explorer. Excessive speed may have contributed to the crash, troopers said.

The SUV’s driver, Michael Franklin, 25, of Corvallis, was not injured. His passenger, 21-year old Andrea Gomez, also of Corvallis, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Tillamook General Hospital.  A two-month-old boy restrained in a child safety seat was unharmed, OSP reported in a news release.

OSP troopers from Tillamook and Astoria Command Offices are continuing the investigation.

Oregon Department of Transportation personnel closed the highway to traffic for about 4 ½ hours during emergency response and accident investigation.
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  • EDITOR'S UPDATE: OSP confirms that 19-year-old Hallie Thompson of Beaver was a passenger in the Saturn injured in the crash. They report she was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries. Bend Weekly regrets the omission.
  • (Posted on February 7, 2008, 11:30 am EDITOR'S UPDATE)

  • My daughter, Hallie Thompson, 19, was a passenger in Ms. Bryson's vehicle. She was initially taken to the hospital in Tillamook to be stabilized, and then was transported by ambulance to the Trauma Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious lower leg injuries. She and Beth (the driver) were on their way to Beth's high school dance. Hallie has undergone 1 surgery, and is slated for several more. We pray that she will be able to gain the strength back in both ankles and will walk, run, and enjoy all of the activities that she had been involved with. It will take a lot of time and hard work on her part. Beth was her close friend and neighbor, and our family mourns the loss of a beautiful, vibrant, confident young Christian woman who now resides with the Lord she loves. She will always remain in our hearts and memories. Karen Tracey Beaver
  • (Posted on February 7, 2008, 11:18 am Karen Tracey)

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