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Teen dies in rollover crash west of Rainier

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A rollover crash west of Rainier killed the 16-year-old driver and injured her passenger, a 16-year-old male. The crash occurred at 12:55 a.m., near milepost 53 on Highway 30 and police are looking at driver fatigue as a possible contributing factor in the crash.

According to authorities, Seeaira D. Hicks, 16, of St. Helens, was driving a 1993 Subuaru eastbound when for some reason, the car traveled off the eastbound shoulder and rolled several times, coming to a rest on its top.

Authorities pronounced Hicks dead at the scene. Her passenger, Scott A. Hamlin, 16, also of St. Helens, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash. Police say both wore sea tbelts and the airbags in the vehicle deployed.

Troopers from St. Helens and Astoria responded to investigate and found no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in this crash.

The Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

  • Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
  • Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
  • Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
  • Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
  • Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (click here for information on free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
  • Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
  • MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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