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Eugene Sees Two Traffic Fatalities on New Year's Day

Brian Bull

The Eugene Police Department is investigating two crashes that left two people dead just 12 hours apart on New Year’s Day in Eugene.

The first involved a single vehicle that crashed into a crosswalk pole at 7:19 a.m. Friday on Hwy. 99N and Fairfield Ave. The passenger, a 41-year-old man, died and the driver, a 49-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. EPD says the vehicle was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, and the case is still under investigation.

Later Friday at 7:21 p.m. a 61-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing River Road at E. Maynard Ave. EPD investigators say there was inclement weather and dark conditions and the pedestrian was wearing non-contrasting clothing. There was no indication of driver impairment, but the investigation is continuing.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.