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.