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Troutdale crash victim dies

One of two East County teens injured last month in a crash east of Otis had died.

Kenon A. Everts, 19, of Troutdale died Sunday, Nov. 20, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash on Highway 18, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

Everts was among six people injured in a two-vehicle traffic crash early Friday, Oct. 14, on Highway 18 east of Otis in Lincoln County.

He and his passenger, Thomas W. Gates, 16, of Gresham, were traveling westbound on Highway 18 near milepost 3 in a 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio at 9:07 a.m. when for an unknown reason the Volkswagen crashed into a guardrail. The vehicle then crossed into the eastbound lane, where it collided with an eastbound 1999 Chrysler Concord with four occupants.

Everts, who sustained critical injuries, was flown via helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

His passenger and the four people in the Chrysler - Milwaukie residents Neal T. Miller, 46; Kandice M. Blomdahl, 31; an 8-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl - were transported to a hospital in Lincoln City with non-life-threatening injuries.

Everts and Gates were wearing seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation by Oregon State Police.