Fatal crash near Mountaindale likely caused by excessive speed, police say

Mountaindale – A North Plains man has died this afternoon after crashing into a utility pole near Mountaindale. Police say excessive speed is likely a contributing factor to the crash.

At 4:47 p.m. on Saturday, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the crash which occurred near the intersection of NW Dairy Creek Road and NW Oliver Hill Road.

An initial investigation shows that Richard Owens, 58, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta when the vehicle lost control and crashed into a utility pole. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and Owens died at the scene. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team are consulting on the crash investigation, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office asks the public to obey posted speed limits and road safety signs.

In addition to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, other area agencies that responded to the scene included North Plains Police Department, the Oregon State Police, Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sources and more information: 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Media Release.