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Man dies in two-car crash on 99W

POLK COUNTY -- One man was arrested and another killed in separate accidents on Polk County roadways last week.

POLK COUNTY -- One man was arrested and another killed in separate accidents on Polk County roadways last week.

Robert Henry Primasing, 68, of Lebanon died in a two-vehicle collision on Friday, July 24, south of Monmouth at the Highway 99W intersection with Old Fort Road, Oregon State Police said.

The incident occurred about 11 a.m. as Primasing approached the junction from the west on Old Fort Road in a 2002 Chevrolet Impala.

Witnesses told OSP troopers that Primasing failed to stop at the intersection stop sign, crossed onto the highway, and was struck on the driver's side by a northbound Volkswagen Beetle, OSP said.

Both vehicles came to rest on the west side of 99W.

Primasing was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife and passenger, Shirley Primasing, 66, was seriously injured and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis. Both were wearing seatbelts, according to the accident report.

The Volkswagen's driver, Megan Eichler, 18, and passenger Hannah Zimbrick, 18, both from Willamina, were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries.

The southbound lane was closed for four hours following the incident, which is being investigated by OSP.

Two days earlier, on Wednesday, July 22, authorities responded to a crash on Rickreall Road that occurred during a police chase.

Bryan Scott Severson, 37, of Salem was driving a 1989 Toyota Supra at more than 100 mph west on Highway 22, OSP said. A trooper saw Severson make unsafe passes and driving aggressively, and attempted to pull him over.

Severson failed to yield and began eluding the patrol car on Highway 22, then turned south on 99W in Rickreall. After turning east on Rickreall Road, he lost control negotiating a curve while traveling at a high rate of speed and crashed in a field, OSP said.

Severson was arrested for felony attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. He was lodged at Polk County Jail.


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