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Fatal crash claims lives of Falls City man and boy

MCMINNVILLE — A three-vehicle accident on July 3 on Highway 99W just south of McMinnville claimed the lives of a Falls City man and boy.

Oregon State Police troopers and emergency crews responded to the accident at 2:15 p.m.

According to police, the initial investigation showed a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire was northbound on Highway 99W and was slowing or stopped to make a left turn onto Southwest Durham Lane. A 1993 Ford F250 towing a small utility trailer following the Pontiac was unable to stop and rear-ended the Pontiac.

The Pontiac spun into the southbound lane where it was struck broadside by a southbound 2007 Toyota Sequoia. After the collision, the Ford left the highway, struck a parked car in a driveway, then a house, police said.

Two passengers in the Pontiac died, Jeremy M. King, 29, of Falls City, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bryan Daniel Ogden-Scott, 3, who was taken to the hospital and later died on July 4.

The driver of the Pontiac, Billie J. King, 24, of Falls City, was transported by ground ambulance to Salem hospital, and a 7-year-old female was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Toyota, Kris F. Painter, 62, of Amity, was checked by medical personnel at the scene but not transported. Shirley Robins, 82, of Portland, was taken by ground ambulance to Salem hospital. Laurie Painter, 59, of Amity was taken by air ambulance to Salem hospital. Brittany Painter, 27, of Amity, was taken by ground ambulance to Salem hospital.

The driver of the Ford, Justin M. Sauers, 24, of Amity, was taken by ground ambulance to McMinnville hospital.

OSP spokesman Jeff Proulx said the accident remains under investigation, and the official cause of the crash hasn’t been determined.

“They are going to do some more follow-up and interviews to get a better idea what happened,” Proulx said Monday.

He added that no charges have been filed at this point.

Highway 99W was closed for about six hours as crews worked to clear the scene, and police investigated the accident.

Oregon Department of Transportation, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police, McMinnville Fire and Sheridan Fire assisted OSP.

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