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Jul-27-2009 03:00printcomments

16-Year Old Girl Dies in High Speed Crash

Clackamas County Sheriff's Investigate Fatal Crash Friday Evening On SE Strawberry Lane‏

Fatal crash Milwaukie, Oregon 7-27-09
Photos: Jum Strovink / Clackamas Sheriff
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(MILWAUKIE, Ore.) - A crash involving three teenagers in a late model Mercedes Benz over the weekend claimed the life of one young female passenger, who died after the vehicle struck a telephone pole during the high speed crash.

Detective Jim Strovink, Public Information Officer with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, says two other teens inside the car were transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.

Strovink says Friday at 9:54 p.m., the automobile with three teenagers is reported to have been traveling at a high rate of speed, when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a power pole, killing the young female passenger in the rear passenger seat.

This fatal crashed occurred in front of the address of 7711 SE Strawberry Lane, in Milwaukie.

Deputies responded to the crash scene to investigate. In addition, Clackamas Fire District #1 also responded to the crash to render aid to the occupants of this crashed vehicle.

Strovink says upon arrival to the crash site, it was discovered that a power pole situated on the north side of Strawberry Lane, in front of the address of 7711 SE Strawberry Lane, had been struck and severed at the base of this pole by the involved automobile.

"As a result, a power and phone outage was experienced east of the crash site in this residential neighborhood," Strovink said.

"Rescue crew personnel immediately attended to the occupants and determined the rear seat passenger was dead and Life Flight was canceled."

The deceased female discovered in the rear passenger seat is identified as 16-year old Alexis Carolyn Spencer of Milwaukie.

"The additional front seat passenger was transported from the scene by an American Medical Response Ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, in Portland. This male passenger is reported to have been suffering from non-life threatening injuries," Strovink said.

"The driver of this crashed automobile was also transported from the scene with non life threatening injuries to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, in Portland."

A Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy accompanied this injured driver to the hospital as the fatal crash investigation was initiated.

The driver is identified as 19-year old Richard James Doyle of Happy Valley.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators on scene report that criminal charges are pending concerning this crash and Richard Doyle, as the identified driver.

The Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians (CRAFT), representing the Clackamas County Sheriff' Office were summoned to the scene to apply their crash scene expertise to this ongoing criminal investigation, Stroviknk said.

"Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol Investigators report both speed and alcohol are considered contributing factors to this fatal crash.

Seat belt usage, or seat belt compliance by the occupants of this vehicle at the time of the crash remains under investigation."

He says the automobile involved in this crash is a black 2006 Mercedes 550 Sedan.

This vehicle has been transported from the scene and is retained by CRAFT investigators for an anticipated forensic examination.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators remained on scene investigating until 5:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009.

Only Portland General Electric crews remained in the area attending to the resulting power outage in the area.

This fatal crash investigation continues and is to be conducted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges anyone with information concerning this crime to the contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.




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maggie August 8, 2009 11:04 am (Pacific time)

I really feel for the parents of Lexi. My former husband let his son drive around with not regard for others. He bought his son car after car. Derek is now in prison for drug charges but Daddy is already planning all kinds of things he can give his son. It is insane that parents have no common sense. It could of been my step-son that killed someone


Lori July 29, 2009 4:29 pm (Pacific time)

Having lost a son in a tragic death, my heart goes out to the parents of the of this young girl, and for the boy driving who will have to live with this for the rest of his life. Its so sad when we try and protect them and teach them about drinking and driving and things like this happen. Unfortunately it will take both families years to recover from this.


Phyllis July 28, 2009 9:10 pm (Pacific time)

It's easy to sit back and judge, but the bottom line is a good friend has lost her only daughter - she will never see her go to the prom, walk down the aisle or have children. This is a tragedy for all involved and a definite wake up call to teenages who believe they are invincible - whether drinking or not.


Phyllis July 28, 2009 9:09 pm (Pacific time)

It's easy to sit back and judge, but the bottom line is a good friend has lost her only daughter - she will never see her go to the prom, walk down the aisle or have children. This is a tragedy for all involved and a definite wake up call to teenages who believe they are invincible - whether drinking or not.


Tooyoung July 28, 2009 1:34 am (Pacific time)

It was her boyfriend driving so I'm pretty sure she wanted to be there. And she probably wasn't wearing a seat belt if she was in the back seat and didn't make it and they lived in the front. Regardless, drinking and driving is not okay at all. He will serve jail time for sure. So sad for both sides. :(


zsdf July 27, 2009 9:55 pm (Pacific time)

CLACKAMAS, WAKE UP! If Lexi were alive today, she'd be telling you to NOT REPEAT what she's done. Drinking and Driving = not okay whatsoever.


Mike H. July 27, 2009 12:45 pm (Pacific time)

First paragraph...telephone *pole*

Very tragic...she was probably the girl that didn't really want to be with those irresponsible kids in the first place. 19 years old and drunk driving along with involuntary manslaughter? He is going to be spending quite some time in jail, and rightfully so.

Editor: Mike, thanks...


Benny Bedlam July 27, 2009 7:55 am (Pacific time)

As we saw last week with the tragic death of a teen girl (and the driver) on a motorcycle, teenagers and outrageously fast motor vehicles are a deadly combination. Their lack of driving and real world experience makes them particularly unprepared to operate these vehicles in a controlled manner. Once again, parents: do not let your teenage children ride on the backs of motorcycles or with young drivers in scary-fast cars. Even the advanced safety features of a $100k Mercedes can't save your child from an irresponsible driver. Very tragic. Very sad.

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