CORVALLIS, Ore. - A fatal crash on Highway 20 near Corvallis closed down the road on Monday, as a 77-year-old man was found dead in the single-car accident.
The victim has been identified as Kenneth T. Leys, of Albany.
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office found the vehicle in the Willamette River, approximately a half mile from where a car had driven off of Highway 20 earlier this year. The vehicle was fully submerged, but visible in the river.
Both crash sites did not have a guard rail on the shoulder of the road.
“If there had been one for Sue Durheim, it probably would have saved her from going into the river,” said Undersheriff Ridler. “But today's crash, absolutely not. We believe the crash was due to a medical condition. So, a guard rail wouldn't have prevented the fatality, only would have prevented the car from going into the river.”
The sheriff's office says it is possible that this was a medical episode that killed Leys leading up to the crash.
Leys was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 around 7:30 Monday morning, when he initially crashed into a tree and then the Willamette River.
Rescue crews were able to pull out his car before we arrived on scene this morning.