Pickup hit power pole, landed in trees

An Oregon City woman died Tuesday afternoon, the day after her pickup left the road at Holcomb Boulevard and Redland Road at a high rate of speed, hit a power pole and landed in a stand of trees.

Officers said it took half an hour to free Leann Brooks, 25, from the vehicle. She was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to OHSU on Monday night in critical condition and died the next day from her injuries.

The crash cut power to Oregon City customers of Portland General Electric for several hours Monday night, officers said, but was restored by 7 a.m.

A Clackamas Fire official said Brooks was heading west (downhill) on Holcomb Boulevard and failed to negotiate a 90-degree turn at a spot where previous crashes have occurred. Her Toyota Tacoma pickup hit the guardrail at an estimated speed of 80 mph, officials said, and went down a steep embankment into the trees.

Although Brooks was wearing a seatbelt, she was apparently driving too fast, said Lt. Jim Band of the Oregon City Police Department. He said the last crash there was a motorcyclist who lost control on that corner while going too fast. That stretch of road is not well lit, and the pavement was wet at the time.

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