Crash claims life of wife who was passenger in car

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: OSP - Oregon State Police are continuing an investigation into the cause of a single-car crash that claimed the life of a Beaverton woman and seriously injured her husband, who was driving.Oregon State Police troopers are continuing an investigation into a Tuesday afternoon single-vehicle crash along Highway 26 that claimed the life of a 59-year-old Beaverton woman and seriously injured her husband.

At about 2:12 p.m., a 2003 Buick Century driven by Stephen Dougherty, 71, was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 34 in the Coast Range west of Manning in Columbia County.

For an unknown reason, the car traveled across the westbound lanes and off the shoulder, where it struck and became wedged into several trees.

The driver, who was seriously injured, was able to get out of the car and went out to the highway, where he flagged down help from passing motorists.

His wife, Erna E. Dougherty, was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving emergency responders.

The driver was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Both were using safety restraints at the time of the crash.

State police troopers are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, North Plains Police Department, Banks Fire District 13 and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP officials. The westbound lanes were closed for four hours as traffic was diverted through the location using the eastbound lane.

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