Details emerge in Monday crashes

2013-08-07T06:45:00Z Details emerge in Monday crashesCathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
August 07, 2013 6:45 am  • 

Several wrecks occurred on Monday around the mid-valley: Here is an update that includes details and names of those involved.

At 8:13 p.m. in the 31000 block of American Drive near Halsey, Justin Jones, 23, of Halsey suffered minor cuts when the sun got into his eyes on a curve and he crossed a center line, striking a car driven by Isaac Krabill, 2o, of Tangent.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said Krabill was transported by ambulance to an area hospital complaining of back pain.

Spokespersons for the hospitals in Lebanon, Albany and Corvallis said Krabill was not a patient at any of the facilities.

Names are now available of the four people involved in a crash at 6:14 p.m. at Fry Road and Midway Drive east of Albany.

Alasha Torres, 36, of Sweet Home was cited for running a stop sign in her 1993 Chevy Cavalier and crashing into a 1997 Nissan pickup driven by Rosemarie Harbison, 51, of Harrisburg, said Linn County Sheriff Sgt. Flint LeBard.

According to a deputy’s report, Torres was westbound on Midway and Harbison was southbound on Fry.

A deputy said Harbison was taken to a medical facility, but she was not reported to be a patient at any of the three hospitals.

Alasha Torres was not reported to be at a hospital and neither was one of her passengers, Andres Torres, 11, who complained of minor injuries.

However, Nancy Ford, 55, of Sweet Home, another passenger in Torres’ vehicle, was in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at the hospital in Corvallis after being taken there by ambulance.

No one was injured in a rear-end collision involving two tractor-trailers at about 10:35 a.m. about 1 ½ miles east of Corvallis. The wreck occurred between Peoria Road and the Eastgate Business Center.

Jimmy Jale Murphy, 66, of Coquille, was driving east on Highway 34 in the slow lane and was slowing down for a car in front of him that was turning into a parking lot.

Lowell J. Russell, 50, of McMinnville was also going east behind Murphy about 50 miles an hour. He did not stop in time to avoid colliding with the back of Murphy’s trailer. He was cited for following too closely.

The state police are now releasing names and details about a crash that occurred about noon in the 29000 block of Highway 34.

Nikki Sanchez of Crescent City, Calif., was westbound on the highway when she slowed down to make a right turn into Emmons Meat Market.

Teri O. Picante, 86, of Corvallis was driving between 65 miles and 70 miles per hour behind Sanchez, according to Oregon State Police. As Sanchez slowed down, Picante hit the car in front of her from the rear, causing the Sanchez vehicle to spin onto the shoulder.

Picante was able to slow her car to a stop.

Picante told a trooper she did not see the Sanchez car, a Scion, until it was too late and she was adamant that she was in the fast lane and not the same lane as Sanchez.

Picante and Junyeo Kazmeirczak, who was in the Sanchez car, were taken to the hospital in Corvallis. He was not at the hospital on Tuesday.

Picante was cited for following too closely. She was in good condition Tuesday at the Corvallis hospital.

Cathy Ingalls is the city government reporter. She can be reached at or at 541-812-6094.

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