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Elderly Eagle Creek woman killed in head-on collision

A man from Boring is being investigated for his role in the Damascus crash

Clackamas County sheriff's investigators have identified the driver killed in a Damascus traffic collision as Laura Schaefer, 76, of Eagle Creek.

The other driver, Gary Monaco, 52, of Boring, is being investigated for driving under the influence of intoxicants and criminally negligent homicide, but has not been arrested or charged with a crime, said Sgt. Adam Phillips, sheriff's office spokesman.

Based on witness accounts, investigators believe Monaco was driving a maroon Ford F350 pickup on Southeast Tillstrom Road near Southeast Debora Drive in Damascus before 4 p.m. Monday. His car reportedly crossed over the center line, crashing head-on into an oncoming car - Schaefer's Nissan Versa.

Schaefer was pinned in the car, whose front end was destroyed, when Boring Fire and Rescue crews arrived at 3:55 p.m.

They extracted the injured woman from the wreckage. She died at the scene.

Monaco received non-life-threatening injuries; he was transported to Oregon Health and Science University, where he was treated and released.

Investigators are trying to determine what Monaco was doing prior to the crash, Phillips said. They're looking for information from people who saw Monaco during the day, particularly if they can describe his driving in the afternoon, around Southeast Foster and Jenne roads.

To submit a tip, call the sheriff's office confidential tip line at 503-723-4949; use an online form at co.clackamas.or.us/sheriff/tip (reference case 12-14557); or send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on the keypad) with CCSO as the first word in the message body.



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