Officials: Two OSU students killed in Highway 20 accident

2014-05-05T09:30:00Z 2014-05-06T00:27:38Z Officials: Two OSU students killed in Highway 20 accident Corvallis Gazette Times
May 05, 2014 9:30 am

Oregon State Police officials have identified two Oregon State University students as the victims of a fatal single-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Highway 20 near Eddyville.

The driver, Abigail Patricia Emerson, 21, from Roseburg, and passenger Christopher J. Kazanski, 24, from Madison, Wisconsin, were killed after their Chevrolet Impala flipped over and landed upside down in the Yaquina River.

Emergency personnel pulled Emerson and Kazanski from the water, and they were transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, but they were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

According to the OSU’s student directory, Emerson was an anthropology student, and Kazanski was studying English.

The state police says the crash occurred after 11 a.m. Sunday, near milepost 17 on Highway 20.

According to OSP’s initial investigation, Emerson’s Impala was headed east and negotiating a sharp right curve when it began to fishtail and go out of control, nearly hitting another vehicle. The Impala then went off the east shoulder of the highway, about 40 feet down an embankment, into the Yaquina River, where it came to rest underwater, on its top.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, an OSP spokesman, said Monday afternoon that investigators have not yet officially determined what caused the crash. He said the results of toxicology and other postmortem tests — a routine part of fatal crash investigations — could take several weeks. He added that there was nothing to indicate that drugs or alcohol were a factor.

State police troopers from the Newport Area Command office, with the assistance of an OSP collision reconstructionist and the Lincoln County-area interagency crash team, are continuing the investigation. Crash investigation team members from OSP, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Newport Police Department, the Lincoln City Police Department, and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office also responded to the scene.

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(8) Comments

  1. Jemerson41
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    Jemerson41 - May 21, 2014 5:06 pm
    Thank you for the findings from OSP, we've been waiting for a couple weeks now and haven't received it yet. Any chance you could send me a copy of the police report? And everyone, watch out for those women driver's!

    Jerry Emerson
    Her Dad
  2. Shawn
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    Shawn - May 11, 2014 5:25 am
    The problem is, is that female OSU students need to SLOW DOWN. I drive HWY 34 daily and even if I go 5 MPH over the speed limit, I am constantly being passed by females between the ages of 18-24, by more than 10 MPH, sometimes 20 MPH, putting them at doing 65-75 MPH. I have nothing against females at all, so this isn't s sexist remark. I count daily the number of female vs male drivers that pass me up. 9 out of 10 are females. It puzzles me because females are the first to yell at drivers going too fast in their neighborhoods. And, it's not limited to HWY34, also on I-5.

    So, lesson here is, SLOW DOWN! Female drivers are just as prone to getting into deadly crashes as male drivers.
  3. TMJAM
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    TMJAM - May 06, 2014 7:29 am
    I swear ODOT told us that the road was to be finished in 2013. Oh wait we're talking ODOT. Let the blame game begin!!
  4. Yeti Manetti
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    Yeti Manetti - May 05, 2014 3:03 pm
    Her glorious tattoo read O Captain! My Captain!

    O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.
  5. bill gannon
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    bill gannon - May 05, 2014 8:37 am
    It becomes evident, that the reporters and editors here at the Gazette Times, need refresher course's. Yesterday breaking news was 8 miles west of Eddyville. O-DOT had the warning at the 17.5 mile marker, again west of Eddyville.

    Maybe that the Gazette Times is trying out the Common Core reporting, dazzle us with the facts not in evidence or just twisted.
  6. Yeti Manetti
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    Yeti Manetti - May 04, 2014 9:58 pm
    East of Eddyville runs Nashville Road with it's sharp curve as well as the Yaquina right next to that. This would make sense.
  7. Yeti Manetti
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    Yeti Manetti - May 04, 2014 9:48 pm
    there are no sharp turns between Eddyville and the river. This does not make sense. If she hit the sharp turn just east of Eddyville too fast she would have hit the bank of the new overpass. Maybe she was traveling west.
  8. Troll
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    Troll - May 04, 2014 6:36 pm
    Good thing that section was finished in 2009 to straighten the road *rolls eyes*
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