Identity of victim released in Douglas County fatal crash
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Oregon State Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Highway 38 in Douglas County on Saturday afternoon.
Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash at approximately 4:47 p.m. on Saturday at Milepost 14.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a westbound silver 2004 Honda Civic, operated by Candelario Rincon-Hamm, 18, from Coos Bay, left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle collided with a tree, rolled multiple times down an approximate 100-foot embankment, and overturned in the North Umpqua River.
Rincon-Hamm suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Fatigue and weather conditions are being looked at by investigators as possible contributing factors of the crash. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.
One lane of travel on Highway 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours, but all lanes of travel have been reopened.