A single-vehicle fatal crash closed Century Drive near Millersburg late Monday afternoon, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office was quickly at the scene to investigate the incident. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Joshua Garcia, 29, of Jefferson, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The automobile in the wreck, a 2000 Mazda pickup, rolled in the roadway shortly before 4 p.m. Garcia was not wearing a seat belt. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors to the crash. 

According to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Garcia was traveling northbound on Century Drive when for unknown reasons, the pickup entered the right gravel shoulder and he lost control, rolling multiple times and coming to a rest on Century Drive. Garcia was thrown from the vehicle.

Northbound traffic on Interstate 5 was nearly stopped in some areas as motorists slowed down while they passed the crash. Some citizens stopped in an attempt to help.

The Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Jefferson Fire Department, and Linn County Medical Examiner assisted the sheriff’s office in the incident response.

The investigation is ongoing.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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