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Two car accidents leave four dead in Linn County.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

Four people died in two separate wrecks in Linn County this week.

A two-car crash near Sweet Home claimed the lives of three people Monday night. Another collision between two cars killed a man from Lebanon on Tuesday morning.

The first crash occurred about 9 p.m. Monday when a Honda Accord carrying four people going west on North River Road near Sweet Home lost control on a curve and went into a broadside skid, Linn County Sheriff Dave Burright said. The Honda was speeding, Burright said. It slid into the path of an oncoming Toyota 4-Runner occupied by a family of three.

The Honda's driver, 18-year-old Caleb Michael Thornton of Brownsville, and two passengers, Natasha Jacqueline Kukla of Sweet Home and Amy Lynn Maisto of Albany, both 21, were killed. A fourth occupant, 19-year-old James Mathew Reynolds of Sweet Home was being treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for severe injuries.

The Toyota was driven by Jeremy William Orr, 32, of Sweet Home. Passengers were his wife, Karen Orr, 40, and their 7-year-old son, Dalton Orr. Karen Orr was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, and the son to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. Their injuries did not appear life-threatening, Burright said. Jeremy Orr did not require immediate medical help.

Everyone in both cars was wearing a seat belt, but air bags in the Toyota helped protect the Orr family, Burright said.

The crash that claimed the life of a Lebanon man occurred about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 34 at Goltra Road.

A Ford Ranger pickup driven by Charles Lee Parker, 79, turned into the path of an oncoming Hyundai Excel driven by Jeanette Raye Lamb, 46, of Sweet Home, the Oregon State Police reported.

Parker died at the scene. Lamb was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries. It was unclear whether either driver wore a seat belt.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 34 were blocked for about three hours. The Albany office of the Oregon State Police is conducting the investigation.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 24, 2004
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