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Fatal crash on Rosemont kills local man

A West Linn man was killed late Oct. 10 when the car he was driving slammed into a maple tree on Rosemont Road.

Police said Kevin Gilbertson, 48, who formerly lived in Lake Oswego with his family, died at the scene of the crash.

He was the only occupant of the 1997 Lexus that was traveling westbound on Rosemont. Officials with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department estimate he failed to negotiate a curve near 385 S.W. Rosemont Road due to an estimated speed of 96 mph.

Investigators said the speedometer of the car was pegged on the 96 mark, Clackamas County Detective Jim Strovink.

The posted speed limit on the road is 40 mph.

Gilberston was born March 20, 1959, in Fargo, N.D. He grew up in Beaverton and was a graduate of Aloha High School in l977. He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, and served in the Air Force.

In 2002, he married Jennifer Floria, and the couple settled in West Linn. He was a professional executive recruiter and was self-employed, according to the family.

Survivors include his spouse, Jennifer; his daughters, Jordan, Alexa and Avery; his son, Maddox; his parents, Larry and Corrine Gilbertson; his sister, Marybeth White; and his brothers, Bruce and Mike Gilbertson. His oldest daughter, Jordan, is a member of the West Linn High School girls soccer team. The team wore black arm bands on their uniforms during Tuesday's game against Lake Oswego. Gilbertson was also involved in coaching youth soccer.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Remembrances may be sent to Kevin's Kids c/o any Washington Mutual branch.

Strovink said blood was taken at the scene and a toxicology report is being conducted. Results are not yet known.

'He's the only victim here,' Strovink said. 'Although I understand he had a wife and four kids.'