No charges in fatal car collision for man

2013-03-20T06:15:00Z No charges in fatal car collision for manBy Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald

A Springfield man won’t face charges for a car crash that killed a Sweet Home woman near Brownsville in August.

“It came down to proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Deputy District Attorney Richard Wijers. “After reviewing the evidence, we just couldn’t do that.”

At about 10:15 a.m. Aug. 15, 2012, a pickup driven by Stephen J. Dyal, 55, of Springfield was heading westbound on Highway 228, near Walnut Road.

According to initial reports, the pickup crossed the center line and collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle driven by Bonnie Lee Badgley, the owner of Midway Grocery.

Wijers declined to provide information about Dyal’s version of events.  

The Democrat-Herald has made a public records request to Oregon State Police for a copy of the crash report.

Dyal told KEZI he was reaching down to pick up a cup of coffee when the crash happened.

Wijers said that it took months to determine whether to charge Dyal because authorities wanted to investigate the crash thoroughly.

“You want to make sure that you have all the information available to you, that you can make the best decision you can make,” he said.

Notice was sent to Oregon State Police on March 8 regarding the decision not to prosecute Dyal, Wijers said.

Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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