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Tigard, Beaverton women die in Highway 26 crash

Roxana M. Chavez, 23, and Liz A. Mateo-Gomez, 17, were in a Jetta that crossed the centerline on Hwy. 26 and crashed into a pickup

A Tigard woman, and a Beaverton woman were killed Sunday in a car crash on Highway 26 east of Elsie.

Roxana M. Chavez, 23, of Tigard, was seated in the middle rear seat of a red 1999 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Florencio Martinez-Butron, 22, of Gardena, Calif. A Beaverton teen, Liz A. Mateo-Gomez, 17, was a passenger in the right front seat.

The car was headed westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 25 when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the centerline around 3:45 p.m. and crashed nearly head-on with an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Walter E. Remmers Jr., 53, of Portland.

The two female passengers in the rear seat of the Jetta were pronounced deceased at the scene, as was Mateo-Gomez. A third rear-seat passenger, Miguel Angel Martinez-Butron, 21, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Medical Center in Portland with critical injuries. The driver was also transported to Emanuel with minor injuries.

According to investigating Oregon State Police troopers, the driver and front-seat passenger were using safety restraints, but all three rear-seat passengers were not.

The name of the other female victim, age 23, from California, was not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the pickup and his passenger, Jamie M. Dallas, 34, of Portland, both received non-life-threatening injuries and also were transported to Emanuel.

OSP is continuing to investigate the crash, but investigators do not believe that icy conditions or alcohol/drugs were factors.