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Ice and pavement: ingredients for fatal crash

Icy roads sent driver sliding into oncoming traffic
by: Contributed Photo, Clackamas firefighters move 23-year-old Alejandro Fragoso-Huerta out of his pickup to an ambulance. He died at a hospital after Saturday morning’s icy wreck.

An Oregon City man died of injuries sustained in a weather-related crash on South Springwater Road Saturday morning.

Alejandro Fragoso-Huerta, 23 of South Clackamas River Road, died at an area hospital of injuries received in a crash on South Springwater Road, a quarter mile east of the intersection with Bakers Ferry Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26.

Fragoso-Huerta was driving a red 1982 Toyota pickup truck eastbound on Springwater and lost control on the icy pavement, according to Clackamas County Sheriff's Detective Jim Strovink. The pickup reportedly fish-tailed and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a much larger black 1995 Ford F-350 pickup. The estimated speed of both vehicles was 35 miles per hour at the time of impact.

Grant Carl Cole, 46, who was driving the Ford, was not injured in the wreck.

The sheriff's office investigators determined the cause of the crash was the weather and no citations were issued.

Fragoso-Huerta was employed at a horse ranch and also worked as a line cook at the Stone Cliff Inn in Carver. All of his immediate family are reported to live in Mexico.