LINN COUNTY, OR (May 16, 2022) - The Oregon State Police is reporting that investigators of a double fatal crash are seeking witnesses to the crash or of the suspect vehicle immediately preceding the collision that OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to on Highway 20 near milepost 23 on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM.
The suspect vehicle is a red Mazda3. Witnesses or those who may have video around May 14th at 4:45 PM at the location of Highway 20 and Liberty Road are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone. Reference Case number SP22-113804.
On May 14, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 23.
Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound red Mazda 3, operated by Robert Prettyman (33) of Brownsville, swerved across all lanes of traffic onto the westbound shoulder and then swerved back into the eastbound lanes. Upon reaching the eastbound lanes the vehicle collided head-on with a silver Nissan Versa, operated by Carl Curtis (79) of Huntington Beach, CA, that was attempting to avoid the Mazda.
Prettyman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A four-year old child that was a passenger in Prettyman’s car was transported with critical injuries. Curtis and his passenger, Yvonne Levy (73) of Huntington Beach, CA, sustained fatal injuries and were both pronounced deceased.
Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours for OSP reconstructions to investigate. Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in the collision.
OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.