Car crosses center line resulting in fatal crash near Carver Bridge
A Portland woman was killed Jan. 25 after her car crossed the center line and collided with another car, injuring that driver and killing her dog, deputies said.
When authorities got to the crash, they found two cars with major front-end damage. Both drivers were still trapped inside their cars along the 15200 block of South Springwater Road in unincorporated Oregon City, just south of the Carver Bridge.
Emergency crews worked to free the drivers. Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office learned one of the cars — a Toyota Celica driven by 52-year-old Veronica Lynn Zearing of Portland — had suddenly crossed the center line and hit a Volvo C30 driven by a 62-year-old Happy Valley woman.
Zearing was airlifted to a local hospital where she later died.
The other driver suffered broken bones and cuts and was taken to a hospital. Her dog, a 14-year-old cockapoo named Renny, was in the car at the time of the crash and died of injuries.
Deputies said an analysis found no alcohol in Zearing's blood, however, she did test positive for the presence of a depressant and stimulants including methamphetamine. Authorities said the results do not mean she was impaired. Her driver's license also was suspended and she had a history of driving while suspended without insurance, deputies said.
An investigation into the crash continues.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.