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Woman seriously injured after falling under SUV

A Eugene woman suffered a serious head injury Wednesday when she slipped beneath her vehicle as she tried to jump into the passenger seat to stop it from rolling backward, the Oregon State Police said.

Ashleigh N. Meier, 19, was setting up flags about 12:30 p.m. to warn motorists of a tree-cutting operation near the intersection of Laughlin and Simmons roads south of Eugene, police said.

Meier parked the front end of a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban over the edge of the paved roadway, and due to an equipment failure she had to push it back onto the pavement, Senior Trooper Ted Phillips said in a press release.

A citizen offered to help Meier, and when they pushed the front axle onto the pavement, the woman ran to get in the driver's seat to stop the vehicle, Phillips said. She tripped and fell, and her upper body slipped under the rolling vehicle, possibly dragging her as it rolled back into a tree on the opposite corner of the intersection, he said.

Meier was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. She was in critical condition Wednesday night.

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Police identify woman

found dead in kayak

FLORENCE - Police have identified the woman found dead on Monday in a kayak on Siltcoos Creek about 4 miles south of Florence.

Jo Anne Sabel, 51, from Phoenicia, N.Y., was spotted about noon and declared dead at the scene, according to the Oregon State Police.

The Lane County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy today and said a health-related issue was a possible cause of death. Sable was found in a part of the creek that is only inches deep.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 23, 2005
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