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16-year-old from St. Helens killed in Highway 30 crash

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - The aftermath of a fatal rollover crash on Highway 30 west of Rainier Sunday, July 6. 16-year-old Seeira D. Hicks of St. Helens, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.A rollover crash on Highway 30 early on the morning of Sunday, July 6, left the car's 16-year-old driver dead and injured her 16-year-old passenger, police said.

The 1993 Subaru driven by St. Helens resident Seeaira D. Hicks was traveling eastbound between Clatskanie and Rainier at 12:55 a.m. when it left the roadway on the eastbound shoulder and rolled “several times,” according to the Oregon State Police.

Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene. Her only passenger — Scott A. Hamlin, also of St. Helens — was transported to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Investigators said both of the car's occupants were wearing seat belts and the car's airbags deployed as designed. They also reported no sign that alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. However, driver fatigue may have been a factor, police said.

Sunday's crash was the second fatal accident in Columbia County over the Independence Day weekend.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Daniel Raymond Hughes, a 26-year-old Westport resident, died in a crash on Quincy Mayger Road, in the Clatskanie area, early Saturday morning.

According to investigators, Hughes and his girlfriend, who was injured in the crash, were returning from an Independence Day party, and Hughes was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his car when it crashed, according to the Sheriff's Office.