Updated: Oregon State Police -
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an early Tuesday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 199 near Hayes Hill that resulted in the death of an elderly man.
According to Sergeant First Class Mark Byrd, on January 31, 2012 at approximately 12:35 a.m. a 2007 Toyota 4-Runner driven by James Bowling, age 82, from Obrien, was northbound on Highway 199 near milepost 15. For an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway and down an embankment where it struck a tree. The driver was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel and pronounced deceased at the scene.
The victim was using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Grants Pass worksite and Central Point Area Command are continuing the investigation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Josephine County Sheriffs Office, Rural Metro Fire Department, Illinois Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance services.