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Another local woman suffered life-threatening injuries



Three local 20-year-olds lost their lives in two vehicle crashes last week.

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 99E Sept. 13 killed Andrew Pine, 20, of Hubbard, and a Sept. 17 crash on Highway 18 east of Lincoln City took the lives of 20-year-olds Sarah Trujillo and Rebeca Amador.

Last Tuesday, around 8 a.m., Pine was driving a 2008 Ford Ranger southbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with a northbound Freightliner pulling double trailers loaded with lumber.

Pine was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the semi-trailer, Patrick Bryant, 58, of Battle Ground, Wash., was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The crash occurred at milepost 26, just south of Aurora.

Highway 99E was closed for about an hour and a half following the collision.

In Saturday’s crash, around 6:40 p.m., Maricela Trujillo, 42, of Woodburn, was driving a 1999 Honda Civic about a mile east of Lincoln City when she failed to negotiate a curve on the wet roadway. The vehicle slid into the westbound lane and collided with a 2010 Kia Soul.

While she was taken to Legacy Emanuel with life-threatening injuries, her two passengers, daughter Sarah Trujillo and family friend Amador, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Kia driver, Douglas Bender, 23, of Milwaukie, was not injured. His passengers were taken to Legacy Emanuel with non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted.

Pine graduated from North Marion High School in 2014, when he also earned two medals at the state swimming championships. He also served on the Husky football team, which paid tribute to him during Friday night’s game.

The high school will host a memorial for Pine at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Andy was that kid that you knew liked everyone, and everyone liked him truly,” Neil Forste, former athletic coach and family friend said. “What I think I remember most about Andy above all that is, his gift of humanity. To watch him interact with his friends, strangers, kids, adults and everyone in between, was awe inspiring in itself. He was and always will be a shining beacon of light in our community.”

Sarah Trujillo also attended the North Marion School District at one time, but she and Amador both completed their education at Gethsemane Christian Academy in Woodburn, according to friend Abby Velasco.

“Both were highly involved in the church,” she said. “They had a huge heart for giving. Their senior year they both went on a mission trip in Mexico for a week. This summer they went to Thailand and helped at an orphanage.”

Velasco added that Saturday was sandwiched between the two women’s birthdays, and they had gone to the coast to celebrate together. They were heading home when the crash occurred.

A memorial service for the two young women will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Scott Church of God, 10603 S.E. Henderson St., Portland.

Friends of Amador and Sarah Trujillo have set up a GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/k937jza4, to raise money for burial expenses.

Anyone wishing to donate to Pine’s family can contribute to a memorial account set up at Columbia Bank (east Woodburn location). Money will be used for expenses, bringing family into town and donating to a charity in Pine’s name.

Lindsay Keefer covers the small cities of northern Marion County. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1193.

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