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Coos DA: Speed racing suspected in deadly head-on crash on Hwy 101

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COOS BAY, Ore. - A car involved in a deadly head-on crash Sunday may have been engaged in a speed race with another vehicle, the Coos County District Attorney said.

"Video evidence indicates that another vehicle was traveling next to and slightly ahead of the Mitsubishi as the Mitsubishi lost control," Paul Frasier said Monday.

"It is believed that this vehicle may be a Honda Accord or Civic type of car, dark in color," Frasier added. "Investigators would like to interview the driver and any occupants of that car regarding what they know about his crash."

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 101 south of Coos Bay when Fernando Kent Medina Betancourt, 19, of Coos Bay lost control of the Mitsubishi car he was driving, Frasier said.

The car crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with an Oregon State Police pickup truck, Frasier said.

Betancourt died in the crash along with passenger Austin Larson, 18, of Coos Bay.

Another passenger - Haylee Haydeen, 16, of North Bend - was injured. Frasier said she was listed in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

Trooper Brian Koell of the Fish and Game Division was injured in the crash. He was taken to Bay Area Hospital for treatment.

A man, woman and two children in a third vehicle were not seriously injured when their car crashed into the truck and Mitsubishi after the initial crash.