The Oregon State Police has confirmed that the second driver involved in a head-on collision on Highway 126W died the morning of July 17. The two-car crash took place near milepost 50 between Eugene and Veneta on the day prior. At the time of the accident, both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.
According to investigators' preliminary report, the fatal car accident occurred when a westbound 2008 Toyota Prius crossed over the centerline and struck a 1986 Toyota 4Runner. It is not yet known why the driver lost control of the Prius. A state trooper commented that investigators would need to reconstruct the accident scene to glean further details. The reconstruction could take investigators as long as a few weeks to complete. He did say, however, that this accident appeared to be "fairly simple" and the investigation would most likely take only two weeks.