Jan 02,2008 00:00
A West Linn woman and her 8-year-old daughter died early Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in a crash on Highway 35 south of Odell New Year’s Eve, police reported. Another passenger remains in critical condition, and Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation.
According to an OSP news release, the accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m., December 31. Trooper Mike Holloran responded quickly to a reported serious two-car crash on Highway 35 south of Odell and arrived within a minute of the call. Before emergency medical personnel could arrive, Holloran triaged the patients with the help of people who stopped at the scene. Lifesaving efforts began on the three most critically injured patients including establishing open airways and performing CPR on the mother for about 30 minutes.
Both drivers were using safety restraints, troopers said. Dolan, the sole occupant of his vehicle, was treated and released from the Hood River Hospital for minor injuries. Jacek Kawecki, the brother and son of the deceased persons, was not injured.
Right front seat passenger 17-year-old David Kawecki from West Linn was transported to Hood River Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
Right rear seat passenger Alisa Huttes was not using safety restraints, troopers said. She was transported by ambulance to LEH with critical injuries.
Troopers reported that snow and ice on Highway 35 had mostly thawed earlier in the day, but the shaded area likely extended the icing condition where the crash occurred.
Oregon Department of Transportation personnel detoured traffic through Odell for about three hours.
Investigators planned to meet with the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday to review the investigation.