Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lincoln County Interagency Crash team, is continuing the investigation into the cause of a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash Sunday evening on Highway 101 north of Lincoln City that resulted in the death of one person and serious injuries to three others. The victim died Sunday night after being transported to a Portland-area hospital.
On Aug. 4 at approximately 6:45 p.m., a 2001 Cadillac Deville driven by Patty A. Weissenfluh, 58, from Depoe Bay, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 111 traveling through a right curve when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2012 Kia Soul driven by Donna Jeanne Ball, 71, from Salem.
Ball was transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she died after about four hours after the crash.
A passenger in the Kia, William Lee Ball Jr., 74, from Salem, was transported by PACWEST ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
Weissenfluh was transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with critical injuries.
A passenger in the Cadillac, Mildred M. Kauffman, 89, from Lincoln City, was transported by PACWEST ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
All occupants were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Brian Tucker is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln City Police Department, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, PACWEST ambulance, REACH air ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was closed more than four hours with a detour in place for passenger vehicles.