Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of 80-year-old William Oravall Dickens Jr. from Kettle, Wash., at the end of Highway 213 west of Interstate 205 near Oregon City. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

On Feb. 3 at approximately 8:20 p.m., a 2004 Chevrolet van driven by Dickens was traveling northbound on Highway 213. As the vehicle traveled over Interstate 205 and came to the west end where it intersects with Agnes Avenue and Washington Street, it left the highway and struck a large sewer ventilation pipe before going down an embankment.

An OSP trooper arrived on scene about a minute after the crash occurred. Medics also arrived shortly afterward and pronounced the driver deceased.

Prior to the crash, a driving complaint was received about the vehicle being a possible DUII driver northbound on Highway 213. The trooper was checking the area for the vehicle when he came upon the crash scene.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are conducting the investigation. Senior Trooper Guy Nelson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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