Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Friday night’s fatal traffic crash on Highway 99E about five miles south of Oregon City that resulted in the death of one person.
This was the first fatal crash of the New Year’s holiday period that runs from 6:00 p.m., December 30th, through midnight, January 2nd.
Preliminary investigation indicates that on December 30, 2005 at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 2002 Ford F150 pickup driven by William Asay Jr., 57, from southeast Portland, was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 16 possibly attempting to make a u-turn on a curve in foggy conditions. A 1999 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Gregory A. Steele, 41, from Canby, was southbound rounding the curve and crashed into the driver’s side of Asay’s pickup.
ASAY was not using safety restraints and was ejected from his pickup onto the highway where he died from his injuries.
Steele was using safety restraints and received minor injuries. He was transported to Willamette Falls Medical Center for treatment.
Toxicology tests related to the victim will be done by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor in this fatal crash.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. ODOT and Canby Fire Department assisted at the scene. Highway 99E was closed approximately four hours.
Last year during the New Year’s holiday period in Oregon there were 3 fatalities that occurred in three separate fatal crashes.