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New Information Released in Fatal Crash Tuesday Near Eugene

Investigators Confirm Driver Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 north of Eugene Oregon State Police troopers say an ongoing investigation with the Lane County District Attorney's Office,

Fatal crash in Oregon on Hwy 99 north of Eugene, 3-4-08
Photos of crash scene Tuesday night: Oregon State Police

(EUGENE, Ore.) - Police say an investigation into a fatal crash Tuesday near Eugene, has revealed that initial information released was not correct. Oregon State Police say the driver at fault in Tuesday evening's head-on crash was actually the person initially thought to be the passenger. He has been identified as 41-year old Eduardo Gutierrez of Eugene.

Investigators initially identified 29-year old Rodriguez Ebigael Sanchez of Eugene, as the driver but follow-up investigation and interviews with both men and emergency responders led to this determination.

According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Ron Martin says the crash happened at 6:43 PM Tuesday, as a 1988 Dodge pickup driven by Mr. Gutierrez was northbound on Highway 99 near Aubrey Lane.

According to witnesses the Dodge pickup failed to negotiate a right hand curve, continued through the center divider and into the southbound lanes where it crashed head-on with a 1988 Honda two door car.

The Honda's operator, 23-year old Justin Daniel Dougherty of Eugene, was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Justin Dougherty was using safety restraints.

Sanchez and Gutierrez were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries. Gutierrez reportedly has a valid drivers license. Both men are still hospitalized.

Oregon State Police troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Highway 99 was partially closed for approximately 4 1/2 hours. ODOT, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire, and Eugene EMS assisted at the scene.

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Maxwell January 21, 2018 5:30 pm (Pacific time)

Missing him still.

Adrienne May 15, 2012 9:46 am (Pacific time)

this was a little much...

Christian Ormsbee July 1, 2011 4:18 pm (Pacific time)

It has been 2 years and 4 months since this happened, and it seems that everybody has forgotten about it...

christian May 24, 2009 5:15 pm (Pacific time)

Justin.... *sigh* its kinda lonely without ya here. linda, im sorry for your loss of your son and everyone will miss him. DO NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. OR YOUR WILL BE CAUGHT, NO MATTER WHAT RACE YOU ARE, YOU WILL BE CAUGHT.

Anonymous January 1, 2009 4:51 pm (Pacific time)

Justin was my friend. he will be missed and i hope the dougherty family gets justice

Christian Ormsbee December 24, 2008 10:19 pm (Pacific time)

Justin. Brother, brother in law, father, son, uncle, nephew, grandson. This is so tragic i still have nightmares about it 9 months after it. i feel sorry for the Guteirrez family and i hope and pray 4 miracles 2 Linda. I am sorry 4 all this. -Christian

alex December 24, 2008 10:12 pm (Pacific time)

Justin was my brother-in-law,and he will be missed by everyone who loved him

Mandy July 22, 2008 2:33 am (Pacific time)

I was Justins fiancee, and mother who his child. i would like to thank all that were there for our Justin in his time of need.

Elena March 21, 2008 4:36 am (Pacific time)

Only the Lord knows why this happened. I am on the other side of the table. The person at fault is a family friend. I am sorry all this had to happen. We are all sad. But only God knows. He's in control. Keep our eyes only upon him.

Linda March 18, 2008 8:16 pm (Pacific time)

I want to thank all who had help with my son Justin. That helps me cope with my loss.

shannon March 8, 2008 2:33 pm (Pacific time)

This was a good friend of mine. I will miss Justin every day.

Andrew March 8, 2008 10:34 am (Pacific time)

What a tragedy.

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