From the Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff Dennis L. Dotson
For Immediate Release
Date: November 8, 2006
||Deputy Karl Vertner|
||Traffic Crash-Vehicle Into River
||November 6, 2006|
||Approximately 10:30 PM|
||Hwy. 220, Mile Post 1|
On November 08, 2006 Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Karl Vertner responded to a one vehicle crash on Highway 229 near mp 1. Both vehicle occupants were reported to be at the North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital in Lincoln City. Deputy Vertner discovered that the vehicle was fully submerged in the Siletz River and could not be located. He contacted both vehicle occupants at the hospital. He identified the driver as Cindy A Brink, age 46 of Kernville, and the passenger as Craig McCoy, age 50 of Kernville.
Ms. Brink said she was driving her F250 pick-up westbound at about 35 MPH and when she rounded the curve near mile post one she encountered a mud slide blocking the entire roadway. She struck the mud slide causing her vehicle to veer off of the roadway, roll over, and land in the swollen waters of the Siletz River.
Mr. McCoy said when they landed in the river, the vehicle lights went out leaving them disoriented and in total darkness. The cab of the pick up instantly filled with water. He and Ms. Brink were able to get out of the submerged vehicle and make it to the river bank where a passing motorist located them.
The vehicle has still not be located.
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