A 71-year-old motorist — who told police she passed out while driving — walked away from a collision with a tree at 9:31 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

Fairview police officers responded to the report of a car that had crashed into a tree on eastbound Interstate 84 just west of the Wood Village exit.

Fairview Police Officer Paul Wecks arrived on the scene a few minutes later and spoke with the driver of the car. And a man who witnessed the crash also was standing nearby.

The driver, Libbi Layton-Tamiyasu, 71, of Bend, told police she was OK, and that she had passed out while driving and crashed her green Ford Escape into a tree. Her car was about 40 feet south of the highway.

Layton-Tamiyasu told police said does not have any health issues and had no known reason why she would have passed out.

A passenger and three dogs in the backseat were in the car when Layton-Tamiyasu crashed.

The woman in the front seat received an injury to her right shoulder and neck, most likely caused by the seat belt, Wecks said.

Both Layton-Tamiyasu and her passenger, Monique Laurence Hughes, 60, of Hillsboro, were taken to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center.

The police report did not indicate whether the three dogs were injured in the crash.

Wecks said he saw no skid marks on the roadway where Layton-Tamiysu’s car left the freeway. He did see tire tracks in the grass leading up to her crashed car.

“It looks possible that Ms. Layton-Tamiyasu’s brakes were never applied before crashing into the tree,” Wecks said.

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