On May 14, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 23.
Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound red Mazda 3, operated by Robert Prettyman (33) of Brownsville, swerved across all lanes of traffic onto the westbound shoulder and then swerved back into the eastbound lanes. Upon reaching the eastbound lanes the vehicle collided head-on with a silver Nissan Versa, operated by Carl Curtis (79) of Huntington Beach, CA, that was attempting to avoid the Mazda.
Prettyman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A four-year old child that was a passenger in Prettyman’s car was transported with critical injuries. Curtis and his passenger, Yvonne Levy (73) of Huntington Beach, CA, sustained fatal injuries and were both pronounced deceased.
Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours for OSP reconstructions to investigate. Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in the collision.
OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.