Cape Arago Hwy. accident
Two vehicles waiting for a stopped school bus on the Cape Arago Hwy. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3:40 p.m., at Laurel Cove Lane, were struck from behind by a third vehicle. According to an Oregon State Police report, a 62-year old female, Evelyn Helen Curley, complained of pain due to whiplash and was transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. The operator of the vehicle that rear-ended hers was identified as 52-year old Daniel Thomas Rutherford. The lead vehicle's operator was identified as 61-year old Ronald Melvin Chandler. Rutherford was cited for Careless Driving.
A 1989 Jeep Wagoneer stopped Oct. 16, 2 p.m., at So. Wasson & Michigan in the Empire District of Coos Bay for expired tags, led to an arrest. According to an OSP report, 52-year old David Wayne Cannon, North Bend, had no license and an extraditable warrant out of Clark Co., WA for Assault. He was taken into custody and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
The driver of a brown 1983 Toyota Tercel reportedly fell asleep at the wheel just prior to a crash on Hwy. 101 at milepost 260, Oct. 16. According to an OSP report, 30-year old Cristin Blackard, Bandon, drove off the southbound shoulder and crashed head on into a guardrail. The driver was uninjured. She was cited for Failure to Drive within her Lane and Failure to notify DMV of an Address Change.
Two vehicles crashed on Hwy. 101, milepost 229.3, Hauser Depot Road, on Oct. 15, 3:43 p.m. According to an OSP report, 20-year old Jamie Paula Marie Bridenbaker, Cascade Locks, OR, failed to obey a stop sign, attempting to complete a left turn across southbound Hwy. 101 with a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. She was struck "T-Bone" by a 1999 Ford F250, operated by 58-year old Donald Gene Donovan, Central Point. He was unable to stop or steer to avoid impact due to proximity, other traffic and the wet roadway. The Jeep rotated, rolled over, left the roadway, traveled down the northbound down-sloped embankment before coming to rest in the brush. All parties reported pain and were transported by ambulance. Bridenbaker was cited for Careless Driving and warned for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device - Stop Sign, Recklessly Endangering Another and Reckless Driving.
A white E350 Frame motorhome, stopped Oct. 15, 9:40 a.m., for weaving in his lane and failing to drive within his lane at slow speeds for two-miles, was arrested on a charge of DUII-Controlled Substance. According to an OSP report, 68-year old John Pelles Jr., Mulino, OR, "exhibited multiple signs of impairment and consented to Field Sobriety Tests. Pelles proved to be impaired to a noticeable and perceptible degree. His dogs were secured by Animal Control, and he was transported to North Bend PD for a breath test, consented to a urine test and then transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
The operator of a 2005 Ford Taurus, westbound on Hwy. 42, milepost 27, Oct. 13, 5:45 a.m., lost control on a wet roadway while negotiating a curve and slid into a guardrail. According to an OSP report, 46-year old David Wayne Wooley, Medford, swerved the vehicle back to the right when it crossed the westbound shoulder and impacted an embankment. He was not injured and no citations were issued.
A semi tractor trailer traveling southbound on Hwy. 101, milepost 201, Oct. 12, 5:31 p.m., Booth Road, north of Gardiner, went out of control in a curve, left the roadway to the southbound shoulder and impacted an earthen embankment causing the vehicle to jack-knife. According to an OSP report, the jackknifed combination continued southbound and came to rest in the roadway blocking the northbound lane and partially blocking the southbound lane. Fifty-five year old Daniel Raymond Sisneros, Coos Bay, was not injured. ODOT responded due to a minor fuel leak. No citations were issued.
Hwy. 38 accident
A white 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck towing a dual axel trailer loaded with crushed rock westbound on Hwy. 38 at milepost 28.6 Oct. 12, 3:31 p.m., left the roadway into a ditch when the driver fell asleep. According to an OSP report, 75-year old Oliver Merrel Smith, Elkton, was not injured. Damage to the vehicle was extensive. No citations were issued.
A 1993 Honda Civic, stopped Oct. 17, 1 p.m., Cape Arago Hwy., milepost 8, resulted in the arrest of the driver on drug charges. According to an OSP report, 37-year old Heather Marie Sage, Coos Bay, was driving while under the influence of intoxicants/controlled substances. "A search of the suspect and her vehicle incident to arrest revealed unlawful possession of controlled substances. An investigation is continuing into other charges." The vehicle was impounded.