Two Dead, Two Injured in Jackman, Oregon Crash
Date: July 10, 2013
Location: Route 6 cutoff road, Jackman
Names: Jessica Worster, Brooke Giroux, Anthony Carrier, Kyle Hoyt
Police are still investigating the accident that left Jessica Worster, 21, and Brooke Giroux, 17, dead at the scene. The single car crash also resulted in injuries to Anthony Carrier, 18, and Kyle Hoyt, 22. Carrier was ejected from the car and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and Hoyt was released after treatment.
Police believe that alcohol and speed might have been factors in the crash. The occupants of the car were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident that occurred on the Route 6 cutoff road owned by the Plum Creek Timber Co.
Worster appears to have been driving the 1999 Subaru Legacy when losing control. According to police an agent of the US Border Patrol witnessed the accident. Police say that the vehicle left the road and rolled over several times, ejecting three or four of the occupants. Police and rescue personnel arrived at the scene to help and managed to transport the two injured to hospitals.
Residents of Jackman where Worster and her friends lived have been shocked by the accident and deaths. We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead and hope the injured recover completely and quickly.
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Giroux and Worster during this challenging and tragic time.
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