Names released in double-fatal crash on Highway 26
The Oregon State Police announced Saturday morning, March 17, that a 19-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man were killed in a Friday evening wreck on Highway 26 in Tillamook County.
State police identified Gresham resident Kendra Cornwell, 19, and Tom Bonneville, 80, from Minnesota as the deceased in the double-fatality crash that occurred several minutes after 4:30 p.m. Friday. Bonneville was a resident of Windom, Minn.
Five others were hospitalized, including 47-year-old Andrew Bonneville of Newberg, 77-year-old Julia Bonneville of Windom and 18-year-old Caitlyn Potter of Portland, as well as the 8- and 12-year-old daughters of Andrew Bonneville.
Tom and Julia Bonneville are Andrew Bonneville's parents.
The Oregon State Police said the crash occurred after Potter, the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer in which Cornwell was a passenger, lost control of her vehicle heading eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 32, west of Timber.
The Chevrolet SUV slid sideways into the westbound lane of travel, according to police, first striking a westbound Toyota Tacoma and then T-boning a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia in which the Bonneville family was traveling, with Andrew Bonneville as the driver.
The driver of the Toyota, 35-year-old Portland resident Daniel Fultz, and his two adult passengers were reportedly uninjured.
Cornwell and Tom Bonneville were pronounced dead at the scene, the Oregon State Police said.
Two crash victims were transported from the scene by air ambulance. Potter was transported to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital with critical injuries. Julia Bonneville was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
Andrew Bonneville and his two daughters were also taken to Portland-area hospitals. Lt. Cari Boyd, a spokeswoman for the Oregon State Police, described the girls as having suffered only "minor injuries."
The crash remains under investigation. Police said they are considering speed and seatbelt use as possible factors in the crash.
Banks Fire District spokesman Scott Adams, who also responded to the scene, said Friday night that a fourth vehicle was involved in the crash but was able to drive away without serious damage.
Boyd said Saturday morning that another vehicle was accompanying the eastbound Chevrolet at the time of the crash, but the Oregon State Police does not believe it was involved in the crash itself.
"I do know that there were friends traveling together (in a separate vehicle) that were friends with Caitlyn and her passenger that is deceased," said Boyd.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
Follow me on Twitter
Visit us on Facebook
Subscribe to our E-News
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It can cost as little as 3 cents a day.)