Crash claims life of Roseburg woman

According to Oregon State Police, the driver of the white 2001 Dodge Ram pickup struck the back of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup on milepost 76 on Highway 42 near Winston on Monday.

A three-vehicle collision on Highway 42 near Winston claimed the life of a Roseburg woman Monday afternoon.

At 3:31 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a three-vehicle collision at milepost 76 on Highway 42.

A preliminary investigation showed that a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, operated by William Dewar, 85, of Roseburg, was eastbound when it struck the back of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, operated by Patricia Unruh, 66, of Winston, that was stopped waiting for traffic to clear, according to police.

The impact pushed the Chevrolet Silverado into the back of a 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup, operated by Allen Shoemaker, 38, of Winston.

Dewar was transported to CHI Mercy Medical Center and later to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield with serious injuries. A passenger, Virginia Dewar, 79, of Roseburg was transported to Mercy, where she was pronounced deceased from her injuries. Neither William or Virginia Dewar were wearing a seat belt, according to police.

Unruh sustained minor injuries.

Shoemaker and his passenger, Ruby Shoemaker, 38, of Winston, sustained minor injuries along with two juveniles in the vehicle.

State police were assisted by the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.

Mike Henneke is the news editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4208 or by email at Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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Mike Henneke has been working in newspapers for nearly 30 years. Dad of 5 kids, send more snacks.

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The Elder couple was/are my neighbors. The Male of the couple has dementia. Their families have done nothing to get involved to help them out. His lisence should have been taken away a long time ago.


Good point, and a common problem around the country. Elderly drivers need to take a mandatory behind the wheel driving skills test. This is how not doing that often ends. No politician will touch it. Votes are more important than public safety.


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Willie Stroker

Seat belts save lives. Over 25,000 people die from not wearing seat belts each year. More then half of all car accident related deaths were caused because the person wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. [scared]

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