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Oakridge Man Killed In Head-On Crash

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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash in Westfir near Oakridge.

Police say a Honda Accord, driven by 66-year-old Jerry Lossing, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel.

His car collided head-on with a Toyota Rav-4, driven by 68-year-old Kathleen Camerer, also of Oakridge.

Lossing was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. Preliminary information indicates Lossing was not using his seat belt.

Camerer was taken to a Eugene area hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oakridge Police Department, Westfir Volunteer Fire Department and Oakridge Fire Department.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.

This month, OSP is participating in ODOT's 'Click it or Ticket' campaign along with sheriffs and local police to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from now through February 22.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.