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Coos River Highway Crash and Burn
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and seeking the driver of a vehicle who lost control and crashed Thursday night off Highway 241 east of Coos Bay. After crashing, the vehicle caught fire and was totaled. The driver’s name and photograph is released in this update to assist the public in helping police locate him.
On May 30, 2013 at approximately 8:29 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer sport utility vehicle driven by KEITH LEWIS SMITH, age 32, from Allegany, was northbound on Highway 241 near milepost 18 when it traveled off the highway, sideswiped a tree, and when down an embankment where it overturned. The vehicle caught fire and was later put out by firefighters.
SMITH, who is known to be injured, got out of the vehicle on his own power and left the scene before police and fire personnel arrived. He has not be located at this time and OSP is asking for the public’s help to find him. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068.
OSP Senior Trooper Freddie Dunlap is the lead investigator.
SMITH photo – Oregon DMV
Crash Scene photos – Oregon State Police