Victims identified in fatal Clackamas County crash
The two people who died in a fiery two-car crash in Clackamas County on Thursday have been identified.
One is Naylor C. Joles, 65, of Oregon City. She was the driver of one of the two vehicles.
The other is Robert Lough, 58 of Mt. Angel. He was the passenger in Joles' vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle, Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and DUII.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 10:03 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, a Lexus G47 driven by Kuzmin collided head-on with another vehicle on South Barlow Road near the intersection of South Barnards Road. The victim vehicle caught fire. Bystanders tried to free the driver and passenger from the burning car, but were unsuccessful. Both occupants perished inside.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. deputies and Canby Fire personnel arrived at the crash scene and interviewed witnesses and Kuzmin, who was transported by Canby Fire to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for treatment of injuries suffered during the collision.
During the treatment Kuzmin's blood was drawn and tested for alcohol content. OHSU staff reported Kuzmin had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.21%. A motorist will fail a DUII field test if their BAC reading is 0.08% or higher.
The Sheriff's Office Detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the crash scene and investigated the roadway evidence and suspect vehicle. Preliminary results from CRAFT suggest Kuzmin's vehicle was headed northbound on Barlow, crossed the white fog line, and completely left the road onto the gravel and dirt shoulder. After traveling about 200 feet on the shoulder. The suspect vehicle then overcorrected back onto the roadway, crossing back over the center line and striking the victim vehicle head-on.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is currently working to identify the victims' remains. Once identified, the victim names will be released following family notifications.
The CCSO is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Kuzmin or her activities leading up to the crash is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line, by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-4606