Boring Woman Killed in Head-On Collision, Crash Under Investigation
Date: November 2, 2013
Location: South Duus Road, Clackamas
Name: Sherri Lynn Graham
A 53-year-old woman from Boring was killed in a head on collision on Saturday evening.
Police report that at around 11 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 53-year-old Sherri Lynn Graham was killed as a result of a head on collision on South Duus Road, outside of Clackamas. Another driver, whose name has not been released, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Graham died at the scene of the collision. Police also report there was a dog in one of the vehicles, and that dog was taken to an area veterinary clinic for treatment. The dog’s condition was not released.
At this time, the accident itself is still under investigation. The driver who survived the accident is being cooperative with authorities and no charges have been filed or arrests made. It was not reported if alcohol, speed or fatigue might have been factors in the crash. It was also not reported if the parties involved were wearing safety restraints. The Sherriff’s office Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Teams are investigating.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the woman killed as a result of this terrible collision. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you. In addition, we would like to wish the injured driver a fast and full recovery.
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