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Newport man dies in hospital after crash on Highway 101

Image of the crash on Highway 101 near Otter Rock from Oregon State Police.jpg
Image of the crash on Highway 101 near Otter Rock from Oregon State Police

DEPOE BAY, Ore. – A man died and two other people were seriously injured Saturday morning in a crash on Highway 101 south of Depoe Bay, Oregon State Police said.

The crash was reported about 9:15 a.m. near milepost 132, which is just north of the coastal community of Otter Rock.

Initial reports state that Rhonda Messer, 38, of South Beach, was driving a Chevy Cavalier south on the highway when troopers say she lost control of the vehicle and spun into the northbound lanes.

Messer’s vehicle crashed nearly head-on into a silver Lincoln town car driven by 75-year-old Robert Franano of Newport.

Messer and her passenger, 36-year-old Gary Moore of Lincoln City, were both thrown from the vehicle and landed in a nearby ditch.

All three were flown to various hospitals in air ambulances with serious and life-threatening injuries.

Franano died in the hospital on Monday, officials said.

No word on Messer or Moore's current conditions as of Monday afternoon.